He was born Jan. 11, 1924, in Farina, Ill., to Louis and Alma (Waulkhaus) Niehaus. He entered the U.S. Navy on April 2, 1943, in Vandalia, Ill., and served during World War II. MAM1/c Leon Martin Niehaus was honorably discharged March 11, 1946, at Great Lakes, Ill. He married Eileen L. (Gibson) Klotz on Sept. 11, 1980, in Warsaw.
He was employed by Creighton Brothers for 40 years retiring in 1987 as the foreman of the egg breaking plant. He loved bowling and woodworking, was a member of the American Legion;,attended Warsaw Community Church, and was known as a man of integrity who wa soft spoken, kindhearted, slow to speak, quick to listen and rarely angered.
Mr. Niehaus is survived by his wife: Eileen L. Niehaus, Pierceton; a daughter: Kathy (Tom) Dempsey, Spokane, Wash.; five sisters: Velva (Elden) Fisher, Vandalia, Ill.; Fern (Glenn) Riechman, Bainbridge, Ind.; Jane (Jim) Ballough, Lebanon, Ky.; Melinda Perry, Vandalia, Ill.; Iva Burgess, Salem, Ill.; a brother: Orville (Charlotte) Niehaus, Centralia, Ill.; five stepsons: Stanley (Patti) Klotz, Bremen, Ind.; Denny (Mindy) Klotz, Warsaw; Lynn (Terri) Klotz; Brian Klotz, Burke, Va.; Rick (Dina) Klotz, Warsaw; two stepdaughters: Bonnie (Mark) Koomler, Syracuse, Ind.; Debra (Gary) Smalley, Silver Lake, Ind.; 27 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death his parents: Louis and Alma Niehaus; his first wife: Ilene L. Niehaus; a stepson: Steve Fischer; a granddaughter: Carlee Klotz; and a daughter-in-Law: Christine Klotz.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Pfeifer, Warsaw Community Church, Warsaw, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorials may be made to Warsaw Community Church Missions, 103 Enterprise Dr., Warsaw, IN 46580; or Redeemer Lutheran Church Missions, 1720 E. Center St., Warsaw, IN 46580.