ARAPAHOE -- Funeral services for Carl W. Leising were conducted from Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe, Neb. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, with Reverend David Otten officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Neb.
Carl Wesley Leising, 76 years of age, of Edison, Neb., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at Bertrand Nursing Home in Bertrand, Neb.
He then pursued higher education until his induction into the U.S. Army on Sep. 18, 1953. and served with the 27th Combat Engineers in the No. 338 Engine Group until his honorable discharge on June 20, 1955.
He then received his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1956 from the University of Nebraska Ag College in Lincoln. Carl then worked for the Soil Conservation Service near Alliance, Neb. In 1958, he moved to Lincoln and worked as an elevator superintendent for Lincoln Grain Inc.
Carl was a member of the Capital City No. 2747 Toastmasters Club in Lincoln for more than 10 years. During this time he won several speaking awards. Carl served as the District Toastmaster Chairman and helped organize a Toastmasters Club at the state prison. While chairman, he started having district speech contests at the prison so the inmates could compete on the district level.
Carl was an avid bowler. He won tournaments within Nebraska as well as outside of the state. His greatest achievement was winning his division at the Peterson Classics in Chicago.
In 1962, Carl met Alberta Cole. This special bond turned into a wonderful relationship. They were united in marriage on June 6, 1964, and were blessed with three outstanding children, Valerie, Arlan and Michelle. In 1971, Carl moved his family to the farm where he grew up. With hard work, good decisions, his love of the land, and his trust in the Lord, the farm prospered.
He worked until July 4, 2007 ,when a stroke made it impossible to continue. Since that time he has had many ups and downs struggling to be able to return to his home. It just wasn't meant to be.
The American Legion was a special part of his life. He belonged to American Legion Post No. 3 in Lincoln and later the American Legion Post No. 343 of Edison. He was instrumental in bringing this inactive Post to an active Post once again. He wrote and directed many programs for the public, among them were "The History of the American Flag," "Flag Retirement," "Post Everlasting" and his greatest was "The Bi-Centennial of the Constitution" which with the help of many, many volunteers from the surrounding communities was presented in Arapahoe and Stamford, Neb. Carl was a firm believer in the American Legion Motto, "For God and Country." He served on the Department of Americanism and Boys State Committees.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Alberta of Edison; one son, Arlan Leising of Arapahoe; two daughters, Michelle Leising of Lincoln and Valerie Masin and her husband, Rick of Ord, Neb.; three grandchildren, James, Richele and Hannah Masin of Ord; one grand dog, Max; one brother, Don Leising and his wife, Marlene of Lincoln; one sister-in-law, Verle Johnsen of Wilcox, Neb.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial has been established in his memory and kindly suggested to the Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com
The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.