Leonard J Inda, known affectionately as Captain Lenny, passed away on November 11, at his residence.
Born on October 26, 1928, at St. Mary's Hospital in LaSalle to Ladislaus and Clara (Hybki) Inda, Lenny's life unfolded against the backdrop of service and passion. A graduate of LP High School, he proudly carried the mantle of a Sergeant in the Army, in the 44th Infantry Division, serving his country with honor from 1948 to 1953. His dedication to duty and country remained an indelible part of his spirit throughout his life.
In a union on June 12, 1954, at Holy Family Church in Oglesby, he joined hands with the love of his life, Patricia Potocnik. Together, they embarked on a 69-year journey, creating cherished moments and shared dreams. Their joint endeavors, including the establishment of the Whistle Stop, the Starved Rock Bus Company, and Shippingsport Marine were testaments to their shared vision and unwavering commitment to each other.
A man of many talents, Lenny held a US Coast Guard Captain’s License and, during retirement, delighted as the Trolley Driver for Starved Rock. His love for antique cars, the allure of boating, and the thrill of a card game defined his leisure moments. Yet it was in the warmth of family gatherings, cheering at his grandchildren's sporting events, and the joy of family vacations that he found his truest happiness.
A dedicated member of the VFW in LaSalle, Lenny's commitment extended beyond his family and businesses. He served as President of the Antique Motor Club of Mendota and chaired the LaSalle County March of Dimes, leaving an imprint of service and community support.
Lenny is survived by the love of his life, his wife of sixty-nine years Pat, and leaves behind a legacy in the form of his four children: Mark (Glenda) Inda, Lisa Arp, Cynthia (Don) Kurkowski, and Crystal (Steve) Wenzel. Their journey together brought forth nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren whom Lenny loved dearly.
He was preceded by his parents, sister Clara Inda and a son-in-law, Alan Arp.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 19, from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Burgess Funeral Home in LaSalle, followed by a scripture service at 6 PM. A funeral mass to celebrate his life will take place on Monday, November 20, at 11 AM at St. Hyacinth Church in LaSalle, officiated by The Very Reverend Tom Otto, Pastor of LaSalle Catholic Parishes. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, where full military rites will be accorded by the LaSalle/Oglesby Veterans Memorial Group.
The family wishes to thank the hospice nurses and staff at Vitas Healthcare for their loving care.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the family for his favorite charities.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.burgessfh.com
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