Robin Leach

Funeral services for Robin D. Leach, 72, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence, KS.  He died on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the University of Kansas Medical Center Cardiac Unit with his family at his side.

Robin was born on September 21, 1939 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Joyce and Grace Stanwix Leach.

He was a dairyman, farmer, and realtor.  He founded Lin-Crest Farms in rural Linwood and was still active there in the farming operation and the breeding of registered Holstein cattle.  In real estate, he was still actively involved in the sale of land and residential properties with the Coldwell Banker Griffith& Blair firm.  He was also formerly employed by the USDA Board of Appeals and the University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute.

Robin served in the Kansas Legislature as a State Representative of the 46th and 47th districts from 1976-1988. While he was in the Kansas House, he once testified as a Kansas Representative to the Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C. He maintained a strong interest in politics his entire adult life.

He was a member of the Perry Christian Church and the Kansas Board of Realtors.  He was a lifetime member of the Kansas Holstein Association.  He was a sports enthusiast, especially those of his grandchildren’s athletic activities.

He married Lana McCarter on July 31, 1959 in Perry, KS.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include one son, Rob (wife, Lisa) Leach, Linwood, KS; a daughter, Chris (husband, Brian) Hahn, Linwood, KS; five grandchildren: Taylor Leach, Jake Hahn, Erin Leach, Anna Hahn, and Sophie Leach.

The family will greet friends on Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m. at the mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the Kansas Junior Holstein Association and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

20 Condolences

  1. Candace & Buzz on June 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    To the best real estate man I ever knew; thank you for Pepper when I turned 40; thank you for being my father when my own died. To the family – just be you. Grandkids: You ARE the light of his life – keep shining!!!! He will be at ever game and every show. Look to the heavens – he’s smiling on you 🙂

  2. Ashleigh - Candy's daughter on June 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Robin I will forever miss your humor. A great man in many ways. Knowing him has made my life richer. May his warm happy memories carry you, the family through this tough time. Prayers and god be with you all.

  3. Carrie Hildenbrand on June 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Thinking of all of your family at this time and sending a huge hug.

  4. Eldoris McCarter Mote on June 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Robin our family reunions will not be the same without you. Always looked forward to whatever story or advice you had for us. Am sure your grandchildren and all the rest of your family and friends also have special memories. Blessings to all.

  5. Eldoris McCarter Mote on June 18, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Robin our family reunions will not be the same without you. You always had a story or some advice for us. Your grandchildren, your family, friends all have our special memories. Blessings to all.

  6. Drew & Denette Vonada-Smith on June 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Robin, we only knew you a short time, far too short. Your wisdom and humor were both appreciated and valued. We’ll both miss you. Sending Lana a big hug.

  7. Marie Moses on June 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I always enjoyed talking to Robin at our family reunions. He was always entertaining and certainly the family reunions won’t be the same without him. I am so sorry for you loss. God be with all the family and may he comfort you at this difficult time.

  8. Dottie Hissong on June 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm


    I’m so sorry to hear of Robin’s passing. Know that I’m thinking of you and yours, and ’lifting you up’. Take care, Dottie

  9. Malinda Grier on June 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    So sorry to hear that Robin passed away. My entire family is thinking of you and praying for you to have strength in the days ahead. Robin will be truly missed by everyone that knew him.

  10. Paul & Kelly Clem on June 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Win or lose it was always a delight to mix with Robin at the Renegades youth baseball games. We considered him the honorary team captain and if there was ever a question about anything then all you had to do was ask Robin because he had a ’ready response’! That’s what made him so fun. What a great legacy he has left and we’re honored to have known him as a Renegade.
    Our prayers and deepest sympathy. Paul & Kelly Clem and Grant Thompson

  11. Dave Hosier on June 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    It was a great joy to know Robin and to have him at the Renegades games supporting the Jake and boys. Robin always kept the game fun and kept us all entertained. Robin will always be a part of the Renegade family and his memories will last with all of us. May God bless the family and be with them through this tough time.

    Dave Hosier
    Kansas Renegades

  12. dale and judy fowler on June 18, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Dale and I were so sorry to hear of Robin’s death. We didn’t know he had been ill. We want to express our sympathy and love to you and your family. We will always remember him as a fellow Perry High School friend.

  13. Josh and Stephenie Sudduth on June 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We always knew the boys could count on his support whether it was baseball, basketball, or football they were playing. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

  14. Sheri Cox-Flory on June 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are with your family in the loss of Robin.
    Lorene & Howard Cox
    Paul & Sheri Flory

  15. Les Schauffler on June 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    thinking of the family and all those whose Robin’s life has touched. he will truly be missed.

  16. Lianne Abare on June 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Such a great loss to all. Especially to you Lana, Rob and Chris. My deepest sympathy to the entire Leach clan.

  17. Becky Mondi on June 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

    My prayers for you and your family for comfort and peace. So very sorry to hear of Robin’s passing.

  18. Sherry Williams on June 19, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Lana I am very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

  19. Norman and Betty Hazen, Max and Jeanne Fridell, Zach Fridell and Margaret Hair on June 19, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Lana, please treat yourself with great tenderness and please know that our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your family.

  20. Daniel Penka on June 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    My condolences to Robin’s family…was very sad to hear of his passing. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

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