FREELAND — Leonard August Rahe, 77, of Freeland, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Covenant Healthcare Hospital in Saginaw. He was born on Nov. 15, 1936, in Kingsley, to the late Jacob and Mabel (Lamie) Rahe.
He graduated from St. Mary’s of Hannah School. Leonard worked for the Traverse City Iron Works, then for the Purina Company in Arizona. He owned the Hourglass Lounge in Saginaw and drove bus for Michigan Trailways, Blue Lakes, and Mitchell Motor Coach of Saginaw.
Leonard had a great love for music. He played the drums in bands and called square dances; he learned to play the banjo, and mandolin, even making his own banjo out of wood. He enjoyed working with his hands, doing woodworking, and his tractor collection.
Leonard is survived by his loving wife, Fern; his children, Dorothy (Ed) Miller of Cedar, Danna Bugai of Traverse City, Daniel (Julie) Rahe of Traverse City, and David (Lisa) Rahe of Cedar; stepdaughter Kim Dupois; stepsons, Rob Hartman, Greg Hartman, Joe Hartman, and Bernie (Sarah) Hartman. He was so proud of his 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
He also leaves behind his brother, Ed (Rita) Rahe of Rockford; sister, Lucille (Elmer) Zenner of Kingsley; brother, Albert (Ruthann) Rahe of Flanders, N.J., and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Dennis.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 at Kalkaska Funeral Home, 152 S. Cedar St., Kalkaska. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with final visitation beginning at 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 17, in the Chapel of Kalkaska Funeral Home. Father Norman Dickson, S.J. to officiate. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s of Hannah Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.