Merle D. Leners, 82, a Northland resident of Kansas City, Missouri; formerly of Clay Center and Salina, Kansas passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 28, 2023 after battling both cancer and Parkinson’s disease for the last several years. Merle was born December 17, 1940 to Thees and Tina (Eden) Leners in rural Nebraska.
Merle was united in marriage with Suzanne L. Hungerford on April 10, 1964 in Wilcox, Nebraska. From this union they had two sons, Marty and Bradley.
Merle was a devoted husband and father; finding immense joy in spending time with friends and family. Merle spent his working years in the trucking industry for both Ideal Trucking and Lear Siegler in Clay Center and for Great Plains Manufacturing in Salina. Some of his happiest memories were of growing up on the family farm in rural Nebraska and during his retirement years as he and Susie traveled in their RV with their dog Charlie Brown. Merle never met a stranger and was adored by those who knew him.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife, Susie. He is survived by his two sons: Marty Leners and his wife Yvonne; Bradley Leners and his wife Jana; and five beautiful grandchildren.
As per Merle’s wishes, a private Celebration of Life for both Merle and Susie will be held by the family at a later time. Memories of Merle and condolences may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.