Mr. Robert Julian Leesnitzer (aka Bob or Papa), 85, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
He was a native of Durham and attended Durham Public schools. He spent his career in the printing business at Golden Belt, Continental Forest and later International Paper where he retired with over 40 years of service. He also served two years in the US Army in the Armored Division driving tanks. Bob married the love of his life, Shirley, and they were blessed with a long happy marriage and loving children. In his spare time he enjoyed sports, playing softball, camping at the beach, fishing, playing games and spending time with his family. He was also an avid Duke fan and loved watching Duke Basketball. In retirement, Bob enjoyed his Goose Creek friends and time spent on the waterfront. More recently his favorite things to do included bird watching, trips to K&W Cafeteria and eating fried catfish from Cracker Barrel.
He is survived by his children Bobby Leesnitzer and wife Lauren, Deborah Golden and husband John, Tony Leesnitzer and wife Lisa, Ken Leesnitzer and Eddie Grady and wife Marcie; grandchildren, Carli Hicks (Brad), Jordan Pope (Perry), Jake Wilson, Cole Leesnitzer, Jack Leesnitzer, Noah Leesnitzer, Taylor Leesnitzer, Meagan Golden, and Delaney Golden; great grandchildren Bailey Kitchens, Addison Kitchens, Tucker Pope, Miles Pope and Bowen Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, his parents Edward and Maude Leesnitzer, his brother Eddie and sister Hilda.
The funeral service was held at 11am Saturday, February 24th at Hillsborough United Methodist Church officiated by the Rev. Al Horne with a reception immediately following in the fellowship hall. A graveside service and internment was conducted in Chatham County at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery at 2pm.
The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support over the years. Flowers may be sent to Hillsborough United Methodist Church or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to UNC Hospice.