Leslie Arnold Kremer
September 21, 2023
Leslie Arnold Kremer, son of Dr. Leslie A. and Mrs. Marion J. Kremer, passed away on the afternoon of September 12. He had been dealing bravely for several years with an unspecified form of dementia. At 73 years old, he left behind a wife, two sisters, a brother, four nieces, and two nephews, one of whom was also named Leslie.
Though his mental health suffered, he maintained his physical robustness up until his very final days. Even at the end, nurses and aides commented on his strength and youthful good looks. His wife often joked that waitresses would stare at him and spill water on her.
Les was born and raised in Seattle, graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in electrical engineering. His career took him traveling around the United States, Europe, and Japan--a country whose land and people he grew to love. Of particular note, one of his valve actuator inventions was patented and used on naval carriers.
Gifted in math, Les spent several years in his youth as a professional gambler, living solely on his winnings, proving he was an expert horserace handicapper and patient poker player. He also was a keen bridge player, strong swimmer, fine vocalist in the church choir, and talented golfer, often winning local tournaments with both his mom and his dad. Later in life, he annoyed those much younger than him as he could run as fast and swing as hard at batting cage practices. He once ran so fast on a doctor's treadmill that he broke the machine, much to the doctor's astonishment. He was in his late 50's at the time.
Most importantly, Les was a fine Christian man with a strong sense of right and wrong. Though there was a aura of powerful authority about him, he had a kind heart and believed in the golden rule. His generous deeds would fill a small booklet.
He was a greatly admired man who will be missed by all who knew him.
Informal services will be held at Shelton Memorial Park 1605 Van Buren St., Shelton WA, 98584, Wednesday September 27, 2023 at 12:30 pm.