Kleinheider, Leon B., fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Monday, December 12, 2016 at the age of 80. Loving husband of Rene Kleinheider; dear father of Sandra (Dan) Barry, Andrew (Michelle) Kleinheider, grandfather of Nathan and Tobias “Toby” Barry, Ethan, Joshua, and Drew Kleinheider. Preceded in death by his parents Fred and Veronica Kleinheider, one brother Conrad Kleinheider and one sister Lois Kleinheider.
When Leon was a young man he played the violin. He was a musician at heart and also a vocalist, singing until his mid-seventies. Leon enjoyed different types of music and through the years his taste in music changed, most recently listening to jazz. He and Rene also would spend the summer evenings attending the free summer concerts throughout the area. Leon also loved the arts. He and Rene had season tickets to the Muny with friends. They would go early and have a picnic lunch with their friends. They had to give up their tickets only because the weather got too hot. Leon was a co-leader in the Sea Scout in the 50’s and 60’s. He loved boating and owned a boat, the notorious boat name being the Sandra Lee. After selling the boat the family turned to a different water setting, putting up a pool. Leon and Rene loved Florida and for many years traveled there in the autumn. They would always have a condo ocean front in a high-rise so they had a view of the water. Rene shared that one of their favorite things to do was to sit on the balcony, listening to the ocean, conversing. Leon and Rene loved to go to Schooners Restaurant because the staff shot off the cannon at sunset. They were generous and often invited family and friends to come down and spend a week with them. If you ever spent any time with Leon you would know that family was everything to him. Family was so previous to him and he often would share his love and thanks for his family and the blessing they are in his life. Leon enjoyed bike riding. He and Rene spent many hours both at home and in Florida biking. When family visited them in Florida biking was always part of the activity. One of his favorite places to bike was at Pier Park before final construction. Leon was creative with his hands and innovative in addressing and resolving a project that needed to be fixed. Leon had a passion for reading and learning new things. Leon had a thirst for knowledge and would often say he was never too young to learn something new. One could always find a stack of books, magazines, and articles sitting by his side table. Throughout his career Leon was highly respected and regarded in his field as a construction management. He took great pride in his work. He understood his role as a supervisor of the job, but more so, being an example to the men that work on the job. There were times when Leon gave a guy who was struggling an opportunity to work and get his life together.
Services: The Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center is caring for Leon’s family. Mass will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 16, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. from St. Paul Catholic church, St. Paul MO. Interment will take place in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Hutchens- Stygar Funeral Home and Cremation Center , 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. St. Charles MO. 63304.
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hutchens-Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center
Date: Friday, December 16, 2016
Time: 10:00 am -
St. Paul Catholic Church - St. Paul
Date: Friday, December 16, 2016
Time: 11:00 am -
St. Paul Catholic Church Cemetery