Leon Myer, 73 - April 11, 2013Leon K. Myer, 73, of Cozad died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Mass of the Christian Burial was conducted on Monday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cozad with the Rev. Don O’Brien as celebrant. Burial was at the Cozad Cemetery.
Myer was born Feb. 24, 1940, at Cozad to Lloyd “Dutch” and Maxcine (Beckley) Myer, and was raised by his maternal grandparents, W.W. “Bud” and Mary Elta Beckley.
He graduated from Cozad High School in 1958, and continued work with his grandfather on the family hay hauling business.
On Sept. 10, 1960, he was united in marriage to Sharon K. Leahy at Cozad. To this union, five children were born. The couple resided in Cozad their entire married lives.
In the late 1970s, Myer began his career with Paulsen Inc. working on a paving crew. He worked at Paulsen’s for over 30 years, serving as the Ready-Mix plant manager in Lexington until his retirement in 2009.
He had a tremendous work ethic and took pride in a job well done, the family said. In addition to Paulsen’s, he partnered with his friend, Lee Whitehead, to form Tri-City Auction Service. The Myer and Whitehead families orchestrated auctions all over the area for over 20 years, their wives by their sides serving as clerks.
Myer had been a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 50 years, many of those spent as an usher at Mass. He was also a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge No. 2250 and a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. In 1990, he and his family were honored as Christ the King Parish Family of the Year.
For over a decade Myer coached his two sons as they competed in amateur boxing and, more recently, was content working in his garden and keeping up with his grandchildren, according to family members.
He was preceded in death by: his wife, Sharon in 2010; his grandparents and parents; two brothers—Bill and Ricky; special uncle, Fred Myer.
Survivors include: his three daughters—Anne (Eric) Seaman, Mary Myer and Ellen Myer, all of Cozad; two sons—Joe Myer and John (Julie) Myer, all of Cozad; six grandchildren—Cora-Leigh, Jacob, Jordan, Bianca, Alynne and Maddux; two special sisters—LaVon (Richard) Beans of Cozad and Jean (Cecil) Woodward of Callaway; two brothers-in-law—Michael (Molly) Leahy and Patrick (Deb) Leahy of Cozad; four sisters-in-law—Maureen (David) Lewis of Missoula, MT, Janis Hutchins and LaDonna Dannehl, all of Lincoln, and Vicki Smith of Cozad; numerous other relatives.
A memorial has been established.