Leonard Marshall Faike Sr. (1916 - 2012)

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Leonard Marshall Faike, Sr.
8/17/1916 - 10/1/2012

Leonard was born in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, the forth of five children. During his younger years his family lived in Minn., Fla., New Mexico, Texas, and Colo. trading for goods from local Indians, taking photographs, and selling to tourists. His stories and memories of those times were fascinating. While living in Estes Park, Colo., he was a horse packer and climbed Long's Peak in 1930 at age 14. He loved selling and working with people. His sales career began as a newspaper boy calling out "Fort Lauderdale Daily News Paper." Early on he opened a store in Cass Lake, Minn., called Leonard's Five and Dime. During his sales years he worked for Johnson & Johnson as a West Coast sales manager, Wacker Company, Simpson Paper Co. and others. During World War II he worked for Jack & Heinz Co., installing and testing the new Norden bombsight and auto pilot.
Leonard met his wife Ruth Hole, the daughter of the local banker, in Cass Lake, Minn. They were married celebrating 63 years until Ruth's passing. In the late 1960s they moved from Walnut Creek to Auburn. While living in Auburn, Leonard enjoyed fishing where he was a past president, aka "The Big Rod", of the Auburn Rooster Tails fishing club and won numerous club awards for catching "the big one." He started a local AA group. He was a talented speaker and spoke at conventions helping to change lives. He also donated many hours to Boy Scouts and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Auburn for many years. His dry wit will be missed by all.
Leonard passed away in Sacramento, Calif., on October 1, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth and is survived by four children: Leonard Faike, Jr., Audrey Sherfy, David Faike, and Jacqueline King, along with their spouses; four grandchildren: Brett Faike, Robyn Faike, Brooke Wilkinson, and Kyle Wilkinson; and one great-grandson, Cade Faike.
A memorial service will be held at: The First Congregational Church of Auburn, 710 Auburn Ravine Road Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Oct. 21, 2012
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