Leonard George Kale passed away peacefully at home on August 22, 2019. Devoted husband to the late Gracy Kale, loving father of Roger Kale (Tracy) and Lynda Nocera (Mark) and proud Grandpa of Corey and Kelly, and Caitlyn, Michael, and Stephen. Loyal son of the late Leo and Clara Kleczewski. Beloved brother of Trudy Reed (Jim) and the late Walter Kleczewski and fun-loving uncle to Kimberly, Kelly, and Jimmy and a mischievous great-uncle to Noel, Carmelle, Olivia, Claire, Grace, Will, Jayne, and Bridget.
Len’s choices in life brought him many adventures worthy of retelling. In 1955, he and his buddies together joined the Air Force on the same day. His experiences in the military were eventually enhanced by his marriage to Gracy Doyharzabal, who matched Len step for step with her lively spirit. His career in finance for the Department of Defense took his family all over the world including Germany, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Iowa, and Virginia before finally retiring in Florida. This opened a world of possibilities for his children Roger and Lynda, as they were blessed their entire lives with his unconditional love.
Starting from the time he could throw a ball, Len Kale was a Cubs fan. As a child, he collected baseball cards. He was a top notch Walton Street baseball player who got a game going each day in the streets. (No girls allowed.) Whether he was listening to the radio, watching TV, or sitting in the bleachers, he never missed a Cubs game. As a precocious teenager, he ditched school just to hang out in front of Wrigley Field. Tickets cost too much, so he offered to pick up trash in exchange for a seat in his beloved stadium. After waiting patiently his whole life, his dream finally came true when he got to see the Cubbies win the World Series in 2016.
He translated his love of baseball and loyalty to the Cubs by living his life as a devoted family man. His unconditional love, unique sense of humor, and carefree love of life were generously shared with everyone he met.
He reminded us that if one is patient and believes, then dreams will come true. That was the magic of watching him live his life. Farewell to Len Kale. We miss you already and will cheer for your Cubbies until the day we meet again.
We are bringing our dad home to Chicago to celebrate his life with family and friends. Please contact Roger Kale or Lynda Nocera if you would like additional information.
In lieu of flowers or donations, the family is asking loved ones to take a moment to share their memories, stories, or thoughts in the online guest book below so we may all celebrate his life and remember him together.