Leo Francis Michael (1918 - 2017)

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INDEPENDENCE – Leo Francis Michael, 98, of Independence, died Monday, Feb. 13, at Lexington Estates Care Center, Independence.
Leo was born on December 11, 1918, in Independence, the son of Frank L. and Rose Ann (Miller) Michael. He was a 1936 graduate of Independence High School in Independence. On October 2, 1940, he was married to Bernice E. Bagge in St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, and the couple lived in Los Angeles, Calif., for several years. On November 2, 1942, Leo entered the US Army serving as a Staff Sergeant until his discharge on February 5, 1946 at which time he returned home to farm. Leo also became employed with the John Deere Company Waterloo, in 1960 working until his retirement in 1979.
Farming was Leo's life, he enjoyed tinkering around on the farm fixing anything he could with bailing wire and twine. He loved his family, spending time with them especially traveling to Colorado.
He is survived by two children: Sharon (Al) Dripps, Urbana, and Ronald (Debbie) Michael, Independence; a son-in-law, Benny Ruehs, Fairbank; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Bernice in 2003; a daughter; Phyllis Ruehs in 2007; and five brothers and sisters: Laurence Michael, Clarence Michael, John Michael, Mary Sand, and Clara Michael.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. David Beckman officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence. A Rosary will be recited at 4 p.m., then a Military Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m., followed by a Parish Vigil Service at 7: 30 p.m. Thursday.
To leave an on-line condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Feb. 14 to Feb. 22, 2017
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