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Ray Leenstra May 21, 1949 - April 24, 2013

Ray Leenstra May 21, 1949 - April 24, 2013

REDLANDS, CA - Ray Leenstra of Redlands, CA, went to glory at the age of 63, on April 24, 2013 after a ten month battle with cancer. Ray was born on May 21, 1949, in Heeg, Netherlands, to Fred & Edith Leenstra. After graduating from Minnesota Christian High School, he received a BA degree from Dordt College, and later a MA degree from Montana State University. In 1970 he married the love of his life, Gwen Kimm.

Ray began his career in Christian education in 1973, teaching and coaching in Richmond, VA and Manhattan, MT. In 1988 he and his family moved to Redlands, CA, where he has been the administrator of Redlands Christian School for 25 years.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Fred, and infant brother Thomas. Survivors include his wife Gwen (Kimm), his daughter Brigitte (Steve) Crowell, granddaughters Gracie and Sofia Crowell, and his son Quentin (Jen) Leenstra, brothers Andy (Deanna) Leenstra and Bill (Karen) Leenstra all of Willmar.

A memorial service will be held on May 10, 2013 at the Packinghouse, Redland, CA. His burial place will be Churchill, MT. There will be a memorial service on May 18, 2013 at Bethel Christian Reformed Church. Memorial gifts in honor of Ray can be made to The Ray Leenstra Memorial Scholarship Fund at Redlands Christian School, 1145 N. Church St, Redlands, CA, 92374.