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Dane Penton Leimbach

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VERMILION– Dane Penton Leimbach, 60 of Vermilion died Wednesday, November 16th at New Life hospice in Lorain following an 18 month illness with A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's disease).
Mr. Leimbach was born in Lorain, graduated from Firelands H.S. in 1970 and attended Wilmington College. He was co-owner of Penton Racing Products in Amherst. An avid motorcyclist all his life, he excelled in the off-road endurance sport achieving both national and international acclaim during the 1960's and 70's. For seven consecutive years he won a place on the United States team competing in the International Six Days Trials in Europe winning six gold medals and a bronze. In addition to his own racing experience he often worked national races as a pit crew member for the Kawasaki Team Green racing team. One of the special joys of his middle life was traveling to races with his son Paul who was also an accomplished racer. Dane was a member of the Brownhelm United Church of Christ, served as a member and officer of Amherst Meadowlarks Motorcycle Club, and the Penton Owners Group.
In addition to his family and his sport, Dane enjoyed the family farm in Brownhelm Township where he lived out his life, and where he served for 16 years as a township trustee.
Dane is survived by his four children, Kelly Bland of Vermilion, Sarah of Lakewood, Lisel of Amherst, and Paul of Amherst, two grandchildren, Michayla and Riley, his mother Pat Leimbach, and his brother, Orrin.
He was preceded in death by his father Paul and his brother Ted.
A memorial will be held on Saturday, November 26 with calling hours from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. followed by the service at 5 pm. at Brownhelm Congregational Church on North Ridge Rd., in Vermilion.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ALS Association, Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Rd. Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.
Published in The Morning Journal on Nov. 19, 2011
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