William S. Leber Sr., age 84, of Douglas, a man loved by all privileged to have met him, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Born June 11, 1929, and a native of St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of Alphonse Cyril and Anna (Schaefer) Leber. He graduated from St. Louis University in 1951, and was a U.S. Navy
combat veteran of the Korean War
, later serving 32 years in the Naval Reserve and retiring in 1983 at the rank of Captain. After retiring as an insurance executive in 2002, Bill and his wife of 57 years, Mary (Marsh) Leber, moved to Douglas, where they first met as children. Bill was President of the Children's Home Society of MO, Serra Club of St. Louis, St. Louis Reserve Officers Association and the St. Louis Navy League, as well as a board member of the Alverne and Mary Grove. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church and a generous supporter of many Catholic charities.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister; and survived by his wife, Mary M. Leber of Douglas; children, Mary Patricia Leber and Peter D'Angelo of St. Louis, MO, William Jr. and Sere' Leber of New Richmond, WI, Laura Anne Leber and Christopher Kammeyer of Half Moon Bay, CA, Jerome and Laura Leber of Wilmette, IL; and 10 grandchildren.
His family will forever remember him for his selfless devotion to his faith and family, his generous heart and contagious smile. A man who knew the meaning of hard work but, above all, cherished time spent with loved ones, telling stories, slaving over his famous barbecued ribs, singing "Meet Me in St. Louis" in that deep, resonant voice so many remember.
Mass of the Resurrection will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Douglas, with visitation 10 a.m. until the time of service. Officiating will be the Pastor, Fr. Fabio Garzon, and burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. A Memorial Mass and gathering in Saint Louis will be scheduled later this spring.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church of Douglas, or Our Blessed Mother's Rosary Program of St. Louis, Missouri. An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.