Frank Leithauser, age 80, passed away November 4, with his wife, Marilyn, as always, by his side.

Frank, the oldest of five children, was born to Pete and Edith Leithauser on March 8, 1940. He was raised in Sisters, experiencing a life that centered around a fourth-generation family store, Leithauser’s Grocery. He loved to tell stories of a childhood filled with adventures around Sisters. He leaves behind his brother, Floyd, and two sisters, Joanne and Karen. His brother, Phillip, preceded him in death.

As a young man, Frank enlisted in the Army. He was stationed in Germany as a medic and was extremely proud of his military service. After returning home, he and Marilyn were married and started life together. They raised their family in Redmond where they lived for the last 56 years. He was a faithful member of St. Thomas Catholic Church for 79 years.

Until being disabled at the age of 38 years old with the onset of Multiple Sclerosis, Frank was primarily a meat cutter and was involved in the general operation of the family store. He also worked for a period of time at Safeway and Erickson’s in Redmond.

Frank enjoyed oil painting the Central Oregon landscape, especially the beautiful snow-covered mountains. He would talk of Model As with anyone who would listen.

His first date with Marilyn, his wife of 56 years, was in his ’31 Model A that he bought from his grandfather. 

During these last years, as Frank was confined to bed, he viewed life through his window — the changing seasons, the birds that visited his bird feeder and even an occasional deer.

But, most of all, Frank cherished his family. He was so proud of his sons, John and Mark, and their growing families. Always ready to help and share their time, they filled Frank’s life with love and support.

Thank you to everyone who has included Frank in their lives. You brought him such comfort. Frank knew he was always loved. We will miss him but we are going to keep him forever in our hearts.

At this time, no services are planned.