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Robert H. Leverenz, 93, a resident of Harvest Home Senior Living, broke free from the grip of dementia
and the limitations of his earthly body to join his Lord and Savior on February 18, 2013.
Bob was born on June 17, 1919, the oldest of four children of Clarence and Clara (Jung) Leverenz.
Having received both his elementary and secondary education in the Sheboygan Public School System,
Bob graduated with honors from Lawrence College (now Lawrence University) in 1940. He married
Margaret Laing on February 8, 1941, and they enjoyed a happy marriage of 55 years prior to her death
He had three years of cost accounting and office management experience with Kimberly-Clark
Corporation in Neenah and three years of military service as an Army officer in World War II before
joining the Leverenz Shoe Company in 1945. He was elected president of the firm in 1963 and became
its board chairman/C.E.O. in 1969, retiring from that position in 1985.
He then formed R.H.L. Consulting Services and served as a director of Sargento Foods, Inc. and Vinyl
Plastics, Inc., LLC. While on the board of VPI, he served as their Director of Lifelong Learning.
During his 20-year period of service as a director of Firstar Bank-Sheboygan, he was nominated and
selected in 1980 as Wisconsin's Small Businessperson of the Year. He was also honored when he
received Distinguished Citizenship Awards from the Sheboygan Kiwanis Club, the Sheboygan Jaycees,
and the Sheboygan Noon Rotary Club.
He was a past president of the Sheboygan Kiwanis Club and in 1959 was Governor of the Wisconsin-
Upper Michigan District of Kiwanis International.
A member of the Sheboygan County YMCA Board of Directors for 28 years, Bob served as president of
that organization during a dramatic $1,000,000 building expansion program. He also received the first
YMCA Lifetime Service Award in 2001. Bob was involved with Prison Fellowship and was a past
director of Self-Help of Wisconsin, both organizations dedicated to prison ministry.
He enjoyed sharing his business experience with Economics Classes at Sheboygan North High School,
as a part of the Junior Achievement Program. He also served as a member of the board of directors of
Junior Achievement of Sheboygan County.
Bob was an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church for more than 80 years, and was most
recently a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ. His entire family will remember how
he set a good example of how to lead a Christian life by putting God first and his family close behind.
Bob considered his three married children and their spouses, along with seven grandchildren and nine
great-grandchildren among his greatest blessings. He is survived by two of his three children: daughter,
Ann (Jon) Keckonen of Sheboygan, and son Thomas (Marilyn) Leverenz of Minneapolis, MN, and his
daughter-in-law, Kay Leverenz of Kaukauna. His surviving grandchildren are Stephen Keckonen,
Elizabeth (Martin) Hejl, Timothy Leverenz, Tammy (Robert) Holmes, Lisa (Rob) Paul, Nicole
(Andrew) Villas, and Andrew Leverenz. He is further survived by 9 great-grandchildren, his sister,
Phyllis (Bill) Younger, 4 nephews, 1 niece, and his long-time friend, Alice Senty. In addition to his
parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, two brothers, his son Bob Jr., two infant
grandchildren, 2 sisters-in-law, and 1 nephew.
A memorial service in celebration of Bob's life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 2:00 at the
Congregational UCC Church, 310 Bluff Ave., Sheboygan. Visitation will be held at Ballhorn Funeral
Chapels on Friday, Feb. 22nd, from 4 - 6 p.m. and at the Congregational Church on Saturday from noon
until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, it was Bob's wish that memorial contributions be given
to Congregational UCC Church, Sheboygan, WI, to the Sheboygan County YMCA., or to the charity of
the donor's choice. Ballhorn Funeral Chapel and Crematory is assisting the family
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
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