Leo J. Neubauer

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died February 25th, 2015

Another World War II hero was lost Wednesday, February 25, 2015 when Leo J. Neubauer, 93, of Escanaba, went to serve with the highest command. His most recent home was the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

Leo was born in Chicago, IL, on November 26, 1921, the son of Leo John and Josephine (Wardzinski) Neubauer.

Leo served in the Army from January 7, 1943 until his honorable discharge December 3, 1945. Leo was a Rifleman in the 1st Division 16th Infantry Regiment. His military service included tours in Utah Beach, Normandy, Czechoslovakia, Belgium, Metz and Verdun, France. He was awarded a European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and Four Over Seas Service Bars.

Leo married Marie L. DeLoughary on July 8, 1950 at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer, MI. They raised nine children at their home in the Chemical Plant Location.
Leo spent his career as a crane loader for Harnischfeger until his retirement in 1983. He was an usher at St. Joseph and St. Patrick’s Parish and a member of the Wells Lions Club.

Leo was a chaplain with the DAV. He was honored as Disabled Veteran of the Year in 1999 and received the Wells Lions Appreciation Award in 2006. Leo proudly received his high school diploma from Escanaba High School in 2001.

Leo was often surrounded by family and friends. He was known lovingly as Grandpa-Great to his 20 great-grandchildren. Leo spent his time playing cards, fishing, doing yardwork, and going to Kamp Whiskey Jack. Later in life Leo could be found walking down Ludington Street with a pocket full of Wells Lions Club Raffle tickets, scratchers and tootsie rolls. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan and was known for his quick wit, love of children and contagious laughter.

Leo is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marie; daughters, Chris (Larry) Stan of Sault Ste. Marie, Rose (Joe “Buckshot”) Potvin of Bark River, Sue (Tom) Brown of Escanaba, Jo Neubauer (Dick Larson) of Escanaba, Florence “Boopie” (Clay) Diebert of Texas, Cathy Smith of California; son, Dick (Sharon) Neubauer of Iron Mountain; grandchildren, Michael Kroll of West Virginia, Meghan Stan of Nevada, Marcel Potvin (Anne Chouinard) of Oregon, Jenelle Potvin of California, Lynette Potvin (Matt Manders) of Houghton, Nick Brown (Mara Couillard) of Kalamazoo, Emily (Enrique) Towry of Ellsworth AFB South Dakota, Athena (Matt) Phillips, Malinda Diebert (Matt Moreland), and Travis Diebert (Emily Lester) of Texas, Steve Smith (KeriAnne Murphy) of New York, Jeff (Rochelle) Smith of Fort Gordon Georgia, Ross Neubauer (Trang Danielson) of Iron Mountain, Ryan (Shannon) Neubauer of Marquette, Robin (Jason) Lieburn of Houghton, and of Escanaba, Leona Brown, Jaimee (Andrea) Tourangeau, Becky (Zach) Ericksen, Art Tourangeau, Brian (Jenny) Tourangeau, Kelli Tourangeau and Corey Tourangeau; and great-grandchildren Stephen, Avian, Louisiane, Lily Rose, Adelyne, Layla, Cecelia, Layla, Ethan, Natalie, Ben, Mary Kate, Jacob, Ella, Reed, Andrew, Noah, Ada, Lucy, and Jack and numerous nieces and nephews.
Leo was preceded in death by his sons Harv and Dan Neubauer in 2003, his parents and siblings.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 2:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Joseph and St. Patrick’s Church in Escanaba at 4 p.m. with Leo’s nephew, Rev. Al Mott, and Rev. Eric Olson officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.

Burial will be in the Bark River Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harv Neubauer Scholarship Fund, Perspectives Adult Day Care, or the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Leo’s name. Envelopes will be available at the visitation.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Neubauer family.

5 Tributes to “Leo J. Neubauer”

  1. Rose & Joe, so sorry to hear of your loss, yet I(we)know you have fond memories of Leo with you at Kamp Whiskey Jack. God Bless.

  2. Sorry to hear of the death of your father in law Sharon and family. It is a sad time for all of you along with so many other emotions. May God be with you all during this time and may He bring you all a peace that passeth all understanding.

  3. Wow,What an impressive life Uncle Leo lived. Praise God… I never knew that he was so active in WW ll and that he had so many Grandkids. 🙂 I will always remember his warm smile and joking personality, he always took time to talk to me even when he didn’t hear so good. I believe he is gone on now to see Jesus Christ our savior to hear the words, well done good and faithful servant. May peace be with him and his family.

  4. Can’t say if I ever met Leo but he must of been a wonderful father …he has a wonderful loving and special daughter named Gramma Jo…I will be eternally grateful to her for all the love and support durning the darkest time of my life. I thank God for her always and ask special blessings for her and her family..Thank You must of been special to raise a wonderful daughter and family. RIP in the very presence of Jesus!

  5. My condolences to the family for your loss. Find strength in God by turning to him in prayer. God can supply the curative comfort that is needed. Going to God, along with seeking to learn and to do his expressed will, will certainly bring healing to the aching heart. Psalm 46:1 says: “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.”

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