Leroy Venteicher, 80, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Lorba Linda, California.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning, with the Rev. Paul Nguyen as celebrant. Lector will be Imelda Langel. Mass servers will be Austin and Cassidy Halbur. Eucharistic minister will be Vicki Thielen. Music will be by the Sacred Heart Choir and organist Anne Muhlbauer. Casket bearers will be Denny Kasperbauer, Vernon Schmitz, Ron Venteicher, Ron Vogl, Linus Venteicher and Don Rohe. Honorary casket bearers will be Jerry Schmitz, Dave Rohe, Dick Irlbeck, Allen Venteicher, Vernie Venteicher and Steve Irlbeck. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church. Ohde Funeral Home in Manning (www.ohdefuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given instead to the Parkinson’s Foundation or other charity of your choice in his name.
Leroy Paul Venteicher was born Dec 28, 1938, to Edward Anthony and Loretta (Kasperbauer) Venteicher. He was the oldest of eight children born on the family farm 5 miles outside of Manning, Iowa. Leroy graduated from Manning High School in May 1956 and continued his studies at Iowa State University in Ames where he obtained his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1960, master’s degree in May 1963, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering in November 1971. Leroy was consistently named on the ISU’s dean’s list and accepted into numerous professional affiliations including Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi. He also was in the Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Leroy accepted a position as assistant professor in electrical engineering, teaching and advising students at the University of Missouri in Rolla, Missouri, from 1971 to 1973. In 1974 he accepted a position with Hughes Aircraft Co.’s (later renamed as Raytheon) Missile Defense Systems Electronics Division in Huntington Beach, California. He continued to be a long-term resident of Southern California, working as a product engineer. He was a lead product engineer designing and problem-solving for the development engineering and manufacturing companies, winning numerous awards, which included the Hughes Aircraft Company Excellence Award, due to his expertise and ability to work in teams.
Leroy was a white-water enthusiast, supporter of the Sierra Club. He enjoyed bowling, tennis, and golf, traveling to many of the notable golf clubs throughout the Southwest. He was a consistent financial supporter of Iowa State University and the Catholic Youth Organization at ISU, and the Newman Club. He established the annual Leroy Venteicher Electrical Engineering Scholarship awarded to a promising young student engineer enrolled in Iowa State’s electrical engineering program.
Leroy is survived by his siblings: James (Donna) Venteicher of Manning; Robert Venteicher of San Francisco, California; Diane (Clark) Scriven of Broomfield, Colorado; Edward “Rick” (Karen) Venteicher of South Lake, Texas; and Lynn (Sue) Venteicher of Pella; brother-in-law James Sjobakken of Ames; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Edward and Loretta Venteicher; stepmother: Genevieve Venteicher; brother Kenneth Venteicher; sister Shirley Jane Sjobakken; and sister-in-law Sil Venteicher.