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RICHARD ELEINKO, 77, went to be with Jesus on May 23, 2015 at his home in Hemet, CA, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife of almost 51 years, Carolyn (Burkholder) Eleinko; his children, Pam Ward of Palm Desert, California and Timothy Eleinko and his wife Nancy of Hemet, California: his brothers, Alex Eleinko of Fort Meyers, Florida and Tom Eleinko, of Sterling Heights, Michigan; three grandsons, Timothy Alan Eleinko, Jr, Tyler Ward, and Taylor Morgan Eleinko; one granddaughter, Alexandria Grace Eleinko; three brothers-in-law, Richard, Gregory, and David; two sisters-in-law, Gail and Nancy, all of Michigan. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews of Michigan, Arizona and California. Richard was first generation and second born of parents immigrating from the Ukraine, Irene (Babitch) Eleinko and Alexander Eleinko. Richard was born on December 23, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. Richard met and married his wife, Carolyn, on August 8, 1964. Richard had a strong work ethic and his priority was providing for his family and enjoying travel and family times to create memories to last a lifetime. He moved his family from Detroit to California in 1974, enjoying the California coast lifestyle and was hired by the State of California as a Senior Safety Engineer. He earned his National Board commission and was a member of both the CBIA and the NBIA. Well respected in the industry, Richard had an extensive knowledge of the boiler field and pressure vessel and air tank safety. He was an avid bowler, achieving many awards and winning many trophies as well as a trip to Jamaica in a city wide tournament. He enjoyed boating, fishing, photography, waterskiing, hunting, traveling, gardening, classic wooden boats, animals, poker, ham radio and training his service dog "Mocha". Among his favorite things was being a grandfather to his four loving grandchildren, instilling in them to pass on the value of Christian Heritage and love for Jesus, to the generations to come. Carolyn and Richard traveled and cruised extensively all over and especially enjoyed tropical ports, Alaska and Maui, Hawaii. A funeral service and celebration of Richard's Life will be at Inland Valley Baptist Church, 2700 W. Johnson Ave., Hemet, CA on June 10th, 2015 at 11:30am.

Published in Press-Enterprise on June 7, 2015
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