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Lenard Pyzer

Lenard Pyzer. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Surrounded by his family, Lenard went peacefully home to be with Jesus on April 20, 2021, at the age of 92.

Lenard was born on Dec. 29, 1928, in Tryon, Nebraska.

He was one of five children born to Lisle and Erma Pyzer. Growing up he played basketball for his high school, and after graduation his local town team.

Lenard’s father was a local carpenter, and he began helping his dad with carpentry at the age of 12. The skills his father taught him would eventually pave the pathway to his own career as a contractor for 60-plus years.

At the age of 24, he was set up on a blind date with his future wife, Rose.

Prior to their date, Rose decided she wanted to see what this blind date looked like before she went out with him, so she set off to see him play in the town basketball game.

Lenard just happened to be driving down the road as she made her way to the game, so he stopped. They drove to the basketball game together and he asked her to hold his watch while he played basketball. He never did ask for his watch back and that very watch was on her wrist at their wedding.

Rose and Lenard were married on May 26, 1954. They had their first son, Russ, in Nebraska and moved to California in 1958 so Lenard could help his uncle build his home in Ukiah.

They eventually moved to Lakeport where Lenard partnered in construction with a different uncle. It was there they had their other four sons; Marnin, Joel, Zachary and Jeremy.

After the passing of his uncle, Lenard began contracting on his own. They eventually moved to Hidden Valley Lake in 1983.

Lenard was a man of deep faith. His service in the churches he belonged to was very important to him. He used his carpentry skills to build pulpits and various cabinets for many ministries in and out of this county.

His family was the center of his life. He had a deep love and devotion for his wife. Her happiness, safety and well-being was of the most importance to him. His love for his sons was unconditional and his pride in each of them unwavering.

He was a man of little words who taught us all so much with his genuine kindness, humble ways, gentle spirit, selfless giving, quick wit and sense of humor.

Lenard is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rose Pyzer; his sons, Russ Pyzer (Glenda), Marnin Pyzer (Jennifer), Joel Pyzer (Davina), Zachary Pyzer (LeAnne) and Jeremy Pyzer (Shanna); sister, Lila Stoddard; brother, Lowell Pyzer; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He is proceeded in death by his parents, Lisle and Erma Pyzer; brothers, Gerald Pyzer and Loren Pyzer; grandson, Ryan Depp; in-laws, Von and Mae Paxton; and sister in-law, Bess Paxton.

Lenard will be greatly missed by his family. His legacy will live on in all who loved him. We are all blessed to have had him in our lives to love, and we are deeply blessed to have been loved by him.

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