Leonard Michael Selber
1934 - 2020
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Leonard Michael Selber

Shreveport - Leonard Michael Selber died on November 13, 2020 after a lengthy illness. A private graveside service celebrating Leonard's life was held on November 16, with Rabbi Dr. Jana L. De Benedetti of B'nai Zion Congregation officiating.

Leonard was born in Shreveport on July 19, 1934 to the late Aaron Selber and Frances Dreyfuss Selber. He grew up in Shreveport where he attended Creswell Elementary School and C.E. Byrd High School. He graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Business Administration and then served in the U.S. Army before returning to Shreveport to work in the family retail business, Selber Bros. Inc., from 1957 to 1987, serving as Senior Executive Vice-President and Board Member. Following the sale of Selber Bros. to Dillard's Department Stores, Leonard worked as Vice-Chancellor of University Relations for LSUS and later as Development Director for Loyola College Preparatory School.

Leonard loved his family, friends, employees, co-workers, the City of Shreveport, tennis, and ice cream. In return, he was beloved by all who knew him. Even until his last days, his family received calls and letters from former Selber Bros. employees expressing gratitude for the kindness and opportunities he offered them. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor, had an easy way about him, and held an egalitarian view of the world. Leonard never met a stranger.

Leonard's volunteer work for the City of Shreveport brought him great joy. He served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Commission three times and Chairman of the Shreveport Home Mortgage Authority. Together with his fellow commissioners, he updated the Master Plan for the city through 2010, directed three bond issues, and chaired the development of the Master Plan for the Shreveport Parks and Recreation Department. As a result, the city acquired and set aside 1,700 acres of donated land for park use, including the Clyde Fant Parkway.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Aaron Selber, Jr., and his sister, Nancy Selber Goldstein. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Anne Blanchard Selber; two daughters, Anne North Selber Jenkins and husband, Oliver, and Frances Blanchard Selber Knipp and husband, Greg; four grandchildren, Arthur and Frances Jenkins and Daniel and Andrew Knipp.

Serving as honorary pallbearers are Will Blanchard, Charlie Clawson, Dr. David Werner, T.J. Mandina, Dr. Don Hall, Dr. John Rogers, Richard Sale, D. R. Smith, Mandel Selber Jr., Dan Jones, and Jerry Sayres.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dan Moller and his dedicated staff as well as the staff of The Cottages at the Glen and The Chateau at the Montclair for their kindness over the past months and years. A special thanks to Leonard's devoted caregivers of many years, Rosie Mary Howard and Gerald Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to The LSUS Foundation, One University Place, Shreveport, 71115; Providence House, 814 Cotton St., Shreveport, 71101; B'nai Zion Congregation, 245 Southfield Rd, Shreveport, 71105; or the charity of the donor's choice.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 21, 2020
Mary Anne, We are so sad to hear of your great loss of Leonard. You will be in our prayers for strength during this difficult time. Love, Eddie and Debbie
Debbie Glassell
November 19, 2020
Sending my deepest condolences to Mary Anne and family. I have such fond memories of all of you when my parents were neighbors on Gilbert. May you find peace and comfort with all of your precious memories of Mr. Selber. Fondly, Sally Dykes Smith
Sally Dykes Smith
November 18, 2020
My prayers are with Mr. Selber and his family during this time. I have fond memories of walking down the street and visiting with him. He was a great friend to my Dad and always a joy to be around.
Terrell Kalmbach
November 17, 2020
A wonderful man and friend
Pam and Ron Byrd
November 17, 2020
We lost a fine man. Walt O'Roark.
Walter O'Roark
November 17, 2020
Mr Leonard was a wonderful person. Loved working with him at Selber Bros. He was always so much fun to be around. So sorry for your loss, praying for his family.
Annie Waddle Melvin
November 17, 2020
The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Leonard Michael Selber our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Leonard. To Leonard it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country while serving in the U.S. Army. Leonard, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation and your community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family, church and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 985 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport and the 227 veterans of VFW Post 4588 in Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Leonard’s family and loved ones.

Bernt Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588-
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71112
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
Carroll R. Michaud
Served In Military Together
November 17, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you all. My thoughts are with you all. The *other* Leonard.
Leonard Vedlitz
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