Leo William Lickenbrock, 90, of O'Fallon, born Nov. 23, 1922, in St. Libory, Ill., passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 27, 2013, following a brief illness.
Mr. Lickenbrock was a long-time faithful parishioner at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, and charter member of O'Fallon Knights of Columbus Council 4239. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society, O'Fallon Senior Citizens, and the O'Fallon Sportsmen's Club. The founder of Lickenbrock Blacksmithing and Welding, a long-standing family business in O'Fallon since 1946, Leo was a self-employed welder until his retirement in 1984. His wife kept the books and his three sons have all worked with their dad at Lickenbrock and Sons, Inc.
Leo enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting, and took great pride in his well-manicured lawn and his vegetable garden. He was part of the Greatest Generation, serving his country well as an Army veteran of World War II, with European tours in Northern France.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Irene, nee Muckensturm, whom he married on Sept. 21, 1943, and who died July 12, 2011; his parents Leo C. and Caroline A., nee Middendorf, Lickenbrock; his brothers Harold (Ruth) Lickenbrock, George Lickenbrock; and his sisters, Dorothy (Norb) Friederich, and Ruth Lickenbrock.
Surviving are his sons, James (Linda) Lickenbrock of Mascoutah, Gary (Mary) Lickenbrock of O'Fallon, and Craig (Nancy) Lickenbrock of O'Fallon; grandchildren, Carolyn (Wayne) Haas of Mascoutah, Susan Lickenbrock of O'Fallon, Matthew (Ashley) Lickenbrock of St. Charles, Mo., David (Lauren) Lickenbrock of Chicago, Ill., Robby Lickenbrock of O'Fallon, and Michael Lickenbrock of O'Fallon; four great-grandchildren, Justin Haas, Jacob and Madeline Lickenbrock, and Owen Lickenbrock; and sister-in-law Rosemary Lickenbrock.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society and will be accepted at the funeral home. Words of sympathy may be offered to the family by visiting www.wfh-ofallon.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O'Fallon, with The Senior Citizens Club of O'Fallon conducting a service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at St Clare Catholic Church.
Funeral: Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at St. Clare Catholic Church, with Rev. James Deiters presiding. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Shiloh, Ill.
WOLFERSBERGER FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Aug. 29, 2013