Clarence “Fred” Lieneke Jr., 74, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born January 25, 1939, in St. Louis, to Clarence F. and Mary Volkart Lieneke, Sr. He and Dixie Lee Handley were married May 10, 1958, in St. Louis. They had been happily married for 41 years when Dixie passed away June 22, 1999.
Fred joined International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 3 in St. Louis in 1964, working 48 years for Otis Elevator Co. in St. Louis. He was first employed as a draftsman, working his way up to construction. During his first year with Otis, he installed the first elevator in the Cape County Courthouse. Upon moving to Jackson in 1978, Fred’s customers simply referred to him as “the Otis man.” He repaired and maintained elevators throughout southeast Missouri, making many friends along the way, and retiring in 2003.
Fred was only a few years shy of earning his 50-year Masonic pin, and he thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship of the meetings and gatherings. He was a member and past worshipful master of Excelsior Lodge #441 in Jackson and Pride of the West Lodge #179 in St. Louis. He was also a member of the Cape Shrine Club and Cape Rock Order of Eastern Star Chapter #60.
Loving survivors include a son, Tim Lieneke of Cape Girardeau; three grandchildren, Scott (Jennifer) Dickerson and daughters Sabrina and Ariel of Oak Ridge, Adrianne (Allen) Storm and daughter Natalie of Metropolis, Ill., Travis Dickerson of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Marie Tysdale of St. Louis; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rene Hettenbach.
Friends may call Friday, February 22, 2013, from 4 PM to time of service, at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.
A Masonic service will be held at 6 PM, immediately followed by the funeral ceremony. Thereafter, visitation will resume until 8 PM.
On Saturday, February 23, the family will briefly receive friends again from 9 to 9:45 AM at the funeral home. Promptly at 10 AM, they will depart for Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis, where a graveside service will be held at 12:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis.