Dr. Kenneth C. Leenhouts

June 22, 1926 - March 20, 2006

Dr. Kenneth C. Leenhouts died Monday, March 20, 2006, at his town of Vernon home following a lengthy illness. He was born June 22, 1926, and adopted at 6 months old by the late Howard and Marguerite (nee Reukema) Leenhouts.

He was educated in the Milwaukee Public Schools and was encouraged in his academic pursuits by a succession of rabbits, snakes, dogs and other animals. Ken married the former Maxine Maxted in New London on July 1, 1950. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and his medical degree from Marquette Medical School in 1952.

Dr. Leenhouts is a member of the 50-year club at Marquette University. He completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1953, during the close of the Korean War. Dr. Leenhouts spent a hectic three years in Menomonee Falls as a general practitioner, before taking a residency in anesthesia at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Milwaukee. In 1963, he and his young family moved to Waukesha County where he practiced anesthesia at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for 25 years. In his "retirement," he worked as a psychiatric physician, a prison doctor and as chief medical officer for the Military Entrance Processing Station of Milwaukee. Dr. Leenhouts had a lifelong interest in the environment and served as the first chairman of the Waukesha Environmental Action League. He was a gifted poet, artist, birder, woodworker and avid reader.

He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine of town of Vernon; their four children, Peter (Helen) Leenhouts of Port Ludlow, Wash., Ann (Gerald) Shane of the town of Waukesha, Juliana (John) Hartman of Aurora, Ohio, and Jon (Sonja) Leenhouts of Chippewa Falls; nine grandchildren; an extended family; and many special friends.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, March 25, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Dennis Maher is officiating.

If desired, memorials in Dr. Leenhouts name may be made to Waukesha County Action League, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, United Church of Christ in Mukwonago or Rolland Nelson Pro Health Hospice.

The Leenhouts family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr.’s Dougherty, Kern and Gill, the staff and nurses at Rolland Nelson Pro Health Hospice/Home Health for their wonderful care and support.

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