Stephen Leims

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Stephen Robert Leims passed away Sunday, the 5th of January 2014, in the arms of his high school rival and beautiful wife of 42 years, 356 days and 620 minutes, all of which were filled with love. He died recovering from a stroke at age 63.

Steve was born in Chicago in 1950 and was adopted along with his sister Victoria (Leims) Campbell by MOH recipient Captain John Leims and the love of his life Joyce (Dickert) Leims. They grew up on Lake Weatherby in Platte County, Missouri, and that is where he started his lifelong love of the water. Steve grew up going to St. Therese Catholic Church where his parents and his wife's parents were founding members. He went to St. Pius Catholic High School in Kansas City Missouri, and continued his education at the University of Nebraska, where he was a cheerleader (if you know him, you know why). He moved back to Kansas City, Missouri where he worked for the Ford Motor Plant as a welder extraordinaire. In 1982 he followed his father and cousins to the piney woods of Texas, where he worked for Wise paper and chemical company for many years, and where he and his father had their own business "Leims and Son", which we all referred to as "two guys who do floors" Blues Brothers style. After the death of his father, Steve started working for Crown Cork and Seal as a millwright and worked until his passing, where he was a year away from retirement.

Steve Leims loved hard. He loved going fishing and would play George and Hank because "the fish would only bite if they were playing". He loved to swim and had "feet so flat he could ski barefoot". He loved to cook and entertain. He was always feeding people, whether it was thanksgiving at Crown, at an SCA event, or just at his house; no one ever left hungry. He loved to play Santa Claus and had no less than four Santa outfits and would save up toys all year he would find "at the fleas" to give to children of his co-workers. He loved to ride his motorcycle and on his days off would grab his wife and just adventure. He loved to play darts and met many interesting people along the way. He always said he hated cats, but always had 4 or 5 that were "special". He loved to bow hunt and was known for his venison and wild hog sausage and his special BBQ sauce he made from scratch. He was one of the funniest men he knew and kept comics in is toolbox along with the most embarrassing school photos his children ever took. He loved good beer and had a running competition with his daughter to find new microbrew or rare beers. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Steve had an unhealthy obsession with duct tape, zip ties, and WD-40. There wasn't much he couldn't fix and if he couldn't, he could rig it until he could find someone who could. He is gonna be pissed if heaven doesn't have stuff he can futz with.

He is preceded in death by his father Captain John Leims, mother Joyce Leims, and father-in-law Anthony Samborski. He is survived by his wife and mother of his children Theresa aka Terry Leims, daughter Kristie Leims-Dunne, son Jason Leims, son-in-law Steve Dunne, daughter-in-law Angela Leims, grandchildren Ambrose Leims, Troy Dunne, and Zoelie Leims, sister Victoria Campbell, brother-in-law Mark Samborski, brother-in-law Jeff Samborski, and friends and family around the world.

Services will be held at Panorama Country Club, 73 Greenbriar Drive Conroe, Texas 77304, from 4-6 on Saturday, January 11th. There will be no gravesite services as his ashes will be sprinkled at his favorite fishing spots.

In lieu of flowers, hug your family, tell people you love that you love them, play George Jones when you're fishing, drink good beer, eat well, 2 wheels = 2 drinks, and spay and neuter your pets.

Please learn the signs of a stroke and educate your loved ones. Time is everything.

Published on from Jan. 7 to Jan. 20, 2014