Lenard Ribordy, 91,Oakley, died Friday Sept. 29, 2017.
He was born Aug. 29, 1926, northwest of Grainfield to Levi and Margaret (Trembley) Ribordy. He completed his high school degree in Newport, Rhode Island.
He married Pauline Heinrich on Aug. 26, 1947, in Grainfield. The couple lived in Oakley where he continued to work as a carpenter and later as a farm hand. Two years later they moved to Grainfield where he entered into a business venture with another individual and opened R&R Body Shop. He later became sole owner after buying out his partner. Even though the shop demanded so much of his time, he still was able to tend to the chickens in the coop, hunt with his English retriever, and spend time with family. Many years after, he had to leave the body shop. He later worked as a school bus driver and janitor for the Grainfield school system, as well as selling insurance. In 1965, the family moved to Oakley, where he became the manager of Western Auto. In 1970, he left Western Auto to become a salesman for the Lambert Manufacturing Company selling gloves, hats and other products throughout Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. It was during this job he was hit by a semi-truck, resulting in a back injury which required him to retire from the job. So he turned his attention to the Oakley Recreational Commission. In this role, he was instrumental in getting the four-diamond ball complex built. During this time he also sold Bon Del water purifiers and Westinghouse appliances. In retirement he spent time driving both the hospital bus and senior citizen bus. He also served as the Director for the Senior Citizen Board.
He enjoyed family boating on Cedar Bluff lake, square dancing and round dancing with their friends in the Jolly Time Dancing Club and being active in the American Legion. He enjoyed the sport of baseball. He helped start the Gove County American Legion baseball team. He also became certified as an Amateur Softball Association umpire, and eventually became the District Commissioner for the ASA, a position which required the training of other umpires. He was active in both his children’s baseball and softball teams, serving at times as coach, assistant, and supporter. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and spending time with his family.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
Survivors include a son, Keith Ribordy and wife, Michele, Oakley; five daughters, Loretta Teeter and husband, Fred, and Leanna VanDonge, all of Oakley, Connie Jonely and husband, Kim, West Jordan, Utah, Donita Harper and husband, Everett, Lenexa, and Kristy Sears and husband, Glenn, Howels, Neb.; three sisters, Rita Truetken, St. Louis, Mo., Maryann Racette and Marcella Albers, both of Oakley; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; a daughter, Sheila; his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Leon; two sisters, Madeline Rumback and Marcelene Rowland.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church; burial in church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Baalmann Mortuary, Oakley.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic School in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baalmannmortuary.com.