Leo Klarer "Shampa" Grawemeyer Sr.

GRAWEMEYER, LEO KLARER "SHAMPA" SR., 92, born in Louisville to the late Edward F. and Mary Louise Grawemeyer, passed away September 6, 2009.

For nearly 93 years, Leo was a role model for family and all who knew him. He always gave of himself. In the 1937 flood he rowed boats to rescue victims from rooftops. During his career, he worked security for Bradas and Gheens; a self-employed electrician for GM&W Electric; wired LST boats during World War II at Jeff Boat Works; plant superintendent, 13 years, at KFEC, supervised construction and then managed Louisville Downs race track until his retirement in 1994, when he began his favorite fulltime job as "Shampa" (grandpa).

His love for sports began early. As a youth he played football and semi-pro baseball. For years he coached youngsters in his spare time. Leo was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; sons, Leo Jr. and Gary Grawemeyer and first wife, Helen; siblings, Ernest, William and John Grawemeyer, Mary Louise Boles and Blanche "Sis" Albus.

He is survived by children, Ron Grawemeyer (Jean), Erika Janes (Bill), Sharon Bellucci; and Sondra Lee; daughter-in-law, Wilma Grawemeyer; and Teddi Broadwater. He will be missed by grandchildren, Dean, Darlene, Barry, Gail, Jennifer, Matthew and Blair; five great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; nephew, John E. Grawemeyer; nieces, Ada Lee Kane and Wanda Lee Wiegand; numerous extended family and friends, including caregiver and dear friend, Glenda Collins.

He was an avid UofL Fan, member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church and loved animals.

A celebration of Leo's life will be held Friday, September 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2428 Frankfort Ave. Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, family requests gifts to Children's Hospital Foundation, Kentucky Humane Society or Hosparus.


Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 9, 2009