OMAHA -- Leon R. League, 68, died Monday (Oct. 14, 2002) at the Ambassador Longterm Care Center in Omaha.
He was born Nov. 30, 1934, to Floyd and Nellie (Ovenden) League on a farm south of Stratton. He grew up in Stratton where he attended elementary and high school, graduating with the class of 1953.
He was employed by Burlington Northern as a repairman and lineman for a number of years.
Leon served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1956 until Nov. 30, 1958, when he was honorably discharged. He served most of the time in in Germany at the Russian/German border. He was chosen to serve on the Honor Guard of his company, and was awarded a medal for outstanding service and a superior sharp-shooter while stationed in Germany.
On Aug. 20, 1961, he married Betty Becker in Omaha and they lived in that area for many years. He was employed at General Electric for a number of years. In 1974, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated in 1978. He then taught and coached at schools in Haigler, O'Neil and Wolbach.
Preceding him in death were his parents; an infant son, Floyd; one son, Richard in 1997; an infant granddaughter, Laurie Lictenwalter; one sister, Margaret Roustion; and one brother, Rueben League.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Omaha; one daughter, Mary Lictenwalter of Omaha; granddaughters, Linda and Amber; two brothers, Floyd W. League and wife, June of Wales, Mass., Thomas K. League of Umatilla, Ore.; five sisters, Mildred and husband, Joe Pollaro of Orange, Conn., Mary and husband, DeWaine Bauer of Marion, Mont., Ruth Cook of Aurora, Colo., and Arletta Matthews and Lorraine Real of McCook; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given in his name to the American Lung Association of Nebraska or the Diabetes Association.