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Leon Derber Obituary
Derber, Leon H.

Leon Henry Derber, age 94, of Oshkosh, formerly of Omro, died at Bella Vista on Saturday March 30, 2013. He was born in the Town of Nekimi on April 14, 1918, a son of the late Artie and Bertha Graf Derber. Leon was united in marriage to Orva Altmann on February 25, 1944, she preceded him in death on June 18, 2012.

Leon, along with his wife Orva, founded and owned Wisconsin Tubing Inc., starting in the late 1960's. He was active with "People to People", an agricultural group that traveled to foreign countries. He was a member of Martin Luther Ev. Lutheran Church. Leon was active in the Timber Toppers Square Dance Club, Crystal Dairy, and Derber Trenching. He also developed Waukau Marsh, known as "Green Acres", where the family raised mint.

Survivors include two sons, Paul A. Derber of Omro and Gary L. (Stormie) Derber of Oshkosh; a daughter, Beth Ann (Lance) Treptow of Omro; three grandchildren, Ryan Derber of Oshkosh, Raechel Derber of Oshkosh, and Linda Derber of Omro; and a great-grandson, Jackson Todd of Oshkosh. He was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Trader; two brothers, Kenneth Derber and Viall Derber; an infant sister; and an infant brother.

Funeral services for Leon will be held at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home-Westside on Friday April 5, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. with Rev. Nathan Ericson officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until the service. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers a memorial in memory of Leon is being established.

Leon's family sends a special thanks to the staff at Bella Vista Assisted Living and Generations Hospice for all that was given and done for him.

You lived your life doing things that most people wouldn't dream of never backing down from a challenge and always going forward. You could look at something that wasn't even there and craft it into either a house in the side of a cliff, or a marsh overgrown in cattails to land rich with food and water, for the game that depended on it. With our mother always by your side the two of you were entrepreneurs in your own right. Through all of this, you were respected by all, and never let your pride get in the way. You were a businessman, a hard worker, a loving husband to our mother for 69 years, grandfather, and great-grandfather, but what always came first, you were our father. We love you Dad. You will be missed by all of us.

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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from Mar. 31 to Apr. 3, 2013
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