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Michael Leitner

Michael Warren Leitner

Wednesday, December 10th, 1947 - Friday, January 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Michael Warren Leitner, known to friends as “Mike,” passed away on January 3rd, 2020 at the age of 72 years in Louisville, KY. Mike had a passion for the finer things in life, including food, friends and politics.

A native of Louisville, Mike attended Trinity High School and the University of Kentucky, obtaining a degree in Telecommunications and Theater. He was a member of the Air Force Reserves and was activated during the Vietnam war. After college, Mike toured the country with a Chicago children’s theater group, The Pied Piper Players. He then opened a bar and restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky, High on Rose, and went on with his partners to open other businesses in Louisville including both Old Town Liquors and The Winery on Bardstown Road in the Highlands.

On September 13, 1980 he married Janet Wesley Taylor. They raised two daughters, Jennifer and Katie, and one son, Ty. Dedicated to his family until the very end, Mike was always prepared to give advice and even brought out his “work graph” to show his kids the importance of furthering their education. He was a loving husband to Janet for forty years, bringing her coffee in bed every morning.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, James Warren Leitner and his mother, Lillian Rose Leitner.

He is survived by his wife Janet, his three children Katie (Jaime), Ty (Colleen), and Jennifer (Brian), his mother in law, Helen Taylor Kuhn, and his three grandchildren, Hazel, Carter, and Warren.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, January 8, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd. Visitation will be on Tuesday, 3 – 7 pm, and on Wednesday from 11:00 am until the time of service.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to St. Jude.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
    Address
    3331 Taylorsville Rd.
    LOUISVILLE, KY 40205
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Joe Graffis

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Karen Knight-Wilburn

Posted at 04:15pm
Dear Janet and family,
Mike was a good man with a wonderful personality. He was always smiling and laughing. What a great guy! I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely,
Karen Knight-Wilburn
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Ellen Hume

Posted at 07:31am
Dear Janet and Family,

So sorry to learn of Mike's passing. We will miss Mike and hearing "Mike" stories from Kathy and Kelly. When we were around Mike we were laughing. He was always funny, imaginative and had entertaining stories to tell. An unforgettable guy for sure. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers. Ellen and Jack Hume
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