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Leo S. Kane

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Leo Steve Kane passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, warmly in his bed with his wife of 20 years Karen Kane. He said goodbye under the roof he built, in the house of his dreams, and of his making.
Leo has three children: Matthew Lee, Molly Gene, and Mary Grace; Kane, Kane and Kane. Molly and Mary both live in Las Cruces and attend school at New Mexico State University. Matthew lives in Tucson with his wife Nancy. Youngest of eight, Leo had a big family and a bigger heart.
Leo is survived by his sister Nellie, and brother Harold both living in Indiana, where Leo was born and raised. Also of the same area are Tom and Ronnie, his nephews, their wives, and extended family and friends. Leo's friend of 51 years Tom Molnar, lives with his wife Bonnie in Indiana as well. Karen, his niece, lives in Sugarland, Texas.
He was and will always be loved. Every person who has met Leo has a story of him. Anyone to have known him well enough (or to have simply been around while The Looney Toons were on) knew his distinctively boisterous/awesome/loud/infectious laugh. It was the best insight into his soul and is the most precious memory of anyone to have heard it.
Leo worked hard his entire life, first with the Air Force, and most recently with the Postal Service. He enjoyed every blessing he received: his family, his cars, his life of absolute unplanned good fortunes and his motorcycles (never Harley's though, because he said he didn't like to walk). We all will build on to the transcendent joy and wisdom he gave. His life was well lived and dense with happiness. He battled his illness with the incredible amount of strength he had because he knew "it would feel better when it quit hurting."
He quit hurting, so all is better.
"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."      
 -Jack London
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alamogordo Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 29, or St. John's Community Kitchen, PO Box 449.
Services will be Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at 10 a.m., at St. John's Episcopal Church- 1114 Indiana Avenue. Reception following.
The Kane family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 8 to Oct. 22, 2008
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