Leonard Celmer (1945 - 2016)

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Leonard "Lee" Celmer, Jr.
November 21, 1945 - May 14, 2016
Leonard "Lee" Celmer, Jr. of Caldwell, ID, passed away at age 70 on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 at Karcher Estates from complications of cancer with his wife and sons by his side.
Lee was born November 21st, 1945 in Belleville, IL to Leonard "Spud" Celmer and Jean (Becker) Celmer. The family moved to Caldwell 3 years later. He attended school in Caldwell and graduated in 1964. Lee enjoyed playing sports and was a pretty fair hand at baseball, which he followed faithfully the rest of his life.
Always a top student, despite having almost too good of a time, Lee graduated from the University of Idaho in 1968 with a degree in Accounting. That summer he was drafted into the Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam, finishing up in Germany. Lee was honorably discharged from the service as a Sergeant in the summer of 1970. Years later his wife, Shelley, traveled to Vietnam and actually stood on the same beach near Danang where he was stationed near the DMZ.
After his service, Lee returned to the U of I to work on his Master's degree. While there, he met Rochelle "Shelley" Wimer of Cottonwood, ID on a blind date. He proposed to Shelley after a Neil Diamond concert at WSU a few months later. The two were married October 16th, 1971 and made their home in Caldwell. They were blessed with two sons, Eric Lee and Kurt Anthony.
Lee immediately went to work for Kit Mfg Company as a Controller where he stayed his entire 40 year career before retiring in 2010. He was well respected for his dedicated work ethic, admired for his business knowledge and revered for his perfectly parted hair.
Watching sports on TV was Lee's favorite pastime. During commercials and time outs Lee also enjoyed yard work and made an art of meticulously doing the laundry. He looked forward to camping and fishing at Buffalo Hump near Grangeville, ID on annual Wimer family camping trips.
Lee was a very reserved, quiet man. However, he was always quick to give someone a hard time with his quick wit, pithy ribbings, and keen observations. Lee was a steady presence for his family, a constant they could always depend on. He had an amazing ability to remember most everything and truly had a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Shelley, his sons Eric (Adah) of Eagle and Kurt (Suzie) of Boise, his sister Donna Hemby of Artesia, N.M., step-mother Marie Celmer of Wilder, and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Lee was respected and loved deeply by all who truly knew him and will be missed terribly.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Any donations can be sent to the charity or veterans organization of your choice.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com


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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 19, 2016