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Leonard (Lenny) Dexter

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Leonard (Lenny) Dexter, 71, of Gladwin, passed away at his home on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, surrounded by his family. Lenny was born in Toledo, Ohio on Sept. 11, 1941, to Clyde and Margaret (Marge) Dexter. He was a graduate of Midland High in 1959 and continued his education at Bay City Junior College and Delta College.

Lenny married Lynne Gensiver on Feb. 18, 1961, and they recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. Lenny's work experience started at Midland Hospital, continuing his career as a sales representative of hospital supplies and insurance. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing; Lenny was a classic, plenty of new words on the golf course and stories still being told. Lenny spent many of his years coaching his sons' Little League, All Star, hockey teams and played many years of fastpitch softball. He was a member of Sugar Springs Golf Assoc., Houghton Lake Elks, Gladwin Eagles, and Pine Hill Hunting Club with his sons. Many of his strong attributes were helping everyone dismantle and re-engineer all projects, hanging with his buddies, and most of all spending time with his wife and family at the home he built in Sugar Springs.

Lenny is survived by his 90-year-old mother, Margaret Dexter; and his loving wife, Lynne; and their three sons, Lance (Margie) of Mt. Pleasant, Lane (Jane), Lanny (Kris) both of Midland; granddaughter, Megan; and his eight grandsons, Ryan, Dustin, Daryn, Matthew, Logan, Mitchell, Lukas and Craig; two brothers, Bart (Mickey) and Scott (Sheri); and one sister, Stacey Dexter; sister-in-law, Sue Dexter; nephews, Mark Dexter, Chris Dexter, Mike Steele and Cassidy Steele; his best hunting buddy, Don Dickerson; and his best golfing buddy, Mike Pollock; and many other close friends. With all of his buddies, his stories began somewhere north of Clare and will continue on…………

Lenny was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Dexter; and brother, Gary Dexter. Cremation has taken place and per his request, there will be a celebration of life this summer at the lake.

The family wishes to send special thanks to Heartland Hospice of West Branch. In lieu of flowers, those considering an expression of sympathy are asked to consider West Branch Heartland Hospice, Sugar Springs Assoc., Michigan Polio Network, Camp Fishtails, and Midland Humane Society. To sign online guestbook, visit

Published in Midland Daily News on Feb. 27, 2013