Harold Francis Leise, age 91 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Friday, November 10, 2017 at the Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge, Nebraska.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Owen Korte officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Monday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Tuesday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is assisting with the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Jason Noecker, Tonya Heithold, Kacie Feilmeier, Derrick Leise, Tyson Leise and Alex Leise.
Harold was born on August 31, 1926 at Hartington to Joseph William and Agatha M. (Becker) Leise. He grew up in the Hartington area and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1944. Harry served in the Army during WWII from 1945 to 1946 and reenlisted from 1950 to 1951. Harry was married to Jolene Becker on October 28, 1952 in Hartington. They made their home on a farm north of Hartington where Harold farmed until 1975. Together they operated the Hartington VFW Club from 1975 to 1980. From 1980 to 1989 Harold owned and operated Leise's Bar in Hartington. He drove a gravel truck for Hartington Concrete from 1989 to 2010. Harry also drove a school bus for the Hartington Public School from 1974 to 2010. He became a resident of Park View Haven Nursing Home on September 5, 2017.
Harold was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington and was a life member of the Hartington VFW Post 5283. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and driving his gravel truck.
Harold is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jolene Leise of Hartington; 5 children, Deb and Rick Perk of Hartington; Sandy and Ken Bohlken of Norfolk, Nebraska; Sheila and Ron Jueden of Hartington; Jeff and Mary Leise of Hartington; Bill and Theresa Leise of Normal, IL; a daughter-in-law, Deb Leise of Hartington; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, a brother Gene Leise of Red Wing, MN; a sister, Monica and Bill Loberg of Carroll, NE; and a sister-in-law, Charlotte Leise of Hartington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Dan Leise, a granddaughter, Elli Leise, a brother, Ralph Leise, sister, Elaine Leise and a sister-in-law, Jean Leise.
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Our condolences to all.
Pat & Dee Lammers
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Harold, and I will remember all of you in my prayers.
Rev. Michael D. Schmitz
Harry was my kindergarten van driver and also my first crush. :) He was kind and had a great smile. I did not know anything about him until reading his obituary and now know who his family is. Sheila was a secretary at CCHS when I went there and Tonya was a grade behind me. It seems very funny now, the laughs we could have had if I told them then that I had a crush on their dad/grandpa! I am sorry for your loss. Recently I have seen Harry in Coleridge, as my mother June Lange is in Coleridge as of the middle of June. I am glad that my dad pointed him out to me. I told Harry that he was my favorite bus/van driver. I think he knew what I said:). Peace to you all as Harry flies with the angels.
Sincerely, Jodi Salvatori
Harry was our kids school bus driver He always had a nickname for them and he was great. He will be greatly missed. May the peace of the Lord be with you
Ken and Phyllis Meier
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