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Retired Lea Inds. exec, Ladd co-founder Lee Weisnicht dies at 88

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leroy "Lee" Gordon Weisnicht, a retired industry executive who worked at youth furniture manufacturer Lea Inds. and was a founding principal of Ladd Furniture, died at his home here April 15. He was 88.

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Weisnicht served in the Navy during World War II and was the skipper of a patrol ship in the Panama Canal. After his military service, he worked for wood cabinet and furniture manufacturer Hamilton Mfg. and for Royal School Furniture.

He later joined youth furniture manufacturer Lea Inds. as vice president of marketing, and helped found Ladd, the manufacturing conglomerate that included Lea and several other brands. He retired in 1983.

He is survived by his wife, four children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren and their spouses and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted in memory of Leroy Weisnicht to the Smith Mountain Lake Scholarship Trust Fund, P.O. Box 655 Hardy, Va. 24101.

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