Biography of Henry P. Leickheim
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Henry P. Leickheim. One of the most prominent business men and representative citizens of Orrville is Henry P. Leickheim, who is a member of the firm of Leickheim & Frey, funeral directors, 138 East Market Street. He was born at Holmesville, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1867, the son of John and Elizabeth (Zweigart) Leickheim.

John Leickheim was a native of Bavaria, Germany, as was his wife. After their marriage they emigrated to the United States and in 1852 settled at Cincinnati, Ohio. Two years later they removed to Holmes County, and in 1872 came to Orrville, where Mr. Leickheim followed his trade as a cooper for many years. He died Sept. 25, 1923, at the age of 95 years and his wife died in 1889 at the age of 62 years. Both are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville. To Mr. and Mrs. Leickheim were born four children: David J., born in 1856, died in 1928, was widely known in Orrville for many years as a successful grocer, and as secretary of the Orrville Bedding Company; Anna K., born in 1857, unmarried, lives at Orrville, and is a prominent member of the First Presbyterian Church, of Orrville; Max J., retired, lives at Orrville; and Henry P., the subject of this sketch.

Henry P. Leickheim attended the public schools of Orrville and has been a resident of this city since he was five years old. He clerked for ten years in the grocery store of his brother, David J. Leickheim, and then spent two years in the employ of W. F. Wintersteen, undertaker, of Orrville. Mr. Leickheim was associated with the firm of Stansbury & Naftzger, funeral directors, for a period of 14 years, and received his license as an embalmer in 1904. In 1916 Mr. Naftzger retired from the business, and Mr. Leickheim succeeded to his place, the firm being known as Stansbury and Leickheim until the death of Mr. Stansbury in 1924. At that time Mr. Leickheim acquired Mr. Stansbury's interest and operated the business alone until 1929, when Mr. Adlee Frey, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this history, became a partner with Mr. Leickheim. Since that time the business has been operated as Leickheim and Frey. This is the oldest funeral home in Wayne County, having been founded in 1860 by Brenneman & Gerber, and the policy of the original organizers of the business has continued to the present time. It thus ranks as one of the most dependable funeral homes in North Central Ohio.

On Sept. 16, 1896, Mr. Leickheim was united in marriage with Miss May Esther Wintersteen, of Reedsburg, Ohio, the daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Heilman) Wintersteen, both deceased. Mr. Wintersteen spent his entire life as a funeral director, and was associated in business with his three sons. One son, Henry C. Wintersteen, lives at Wooster. Two daughters, Laura and Ola, reside in Cleveland, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Leickheim were born three daughters: 1. Grace V., a graduate of Orrville High School, married Russell Harbaugh, lives at Kent, Ohio, and they have two sons, Paul and Jack. 2. Dorothy Dale, a graduate of Orrville High School, married Forest D. Burkholder, lives at Smithville, Ohio, where he is principal of the school. They have one daughter, Julia May, born Dec. 8, 1929. 3. Elizabeth May, a graduate of Orrville High School and Oxford College, now a teacher in the public schools of Fremont, Ohio.

Mr. Leickheim is a Republican in politics and has served for eight years as a member of the Orrville city council, and a member of the Board of Public Affairs six years. He has been an active member of the Reformed Church of Orrville for half a century and served as official deacon of the church for ten years. He belongs to Cedar Lodge, No. 430, F. & A. M., Orrville; Central Lodge, No. 212, Knights of Pythias; I. O. O, F., No. 496; Nazir Grotto, of Canton, Ohio; Rotary International (charter member); paid up member in Ohio Funeral Directors Association; and Orrville Chamber of Commerce.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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