Leinweber, Wallace Byron 83, of Energy, IL passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born November 1, 1929 in Aurora, IL, the son of the late Wesley J. and Edith B. (Weiss) Leinweber. During his life, Wally was frequently involved with helping others. He was an Eagle Scout who took the concept of "To help other people at all times" seriously. Most recently he had been working weekends at a Homeless Shelter in Energy, Illinois. His sunny disposition and sense of humor helped ease tense situations. Wally graduated from the Mooseheart High School in Illinois in 1947. He played football and was an excellent musician. He joined the Army and served in the 347th Army Band in the 1950's in Germany, playing clarinet. He also developed a love of flying and got his pilot's license. Wally enjoyed fishing and good fishing prospects led to his moving to southern Illinois some years ago. Wally is survived by his daughter, Lynette (Gene) Wade of Aurora, IL; grandchildren, Zachary, Nathanael, and Hannah; stepdaughters, Pam Maier, Sheri Sims, Joy Chandler and Terry Cassell; brother, Leland of Moscow, ID and numerous stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene and twin brother, Robert. A graveside service at River Hills Memorial Park will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lighthouse Shelter, 1101 N. Madison St., Marion, IL 62959. Arrangements were handled by Healy Chapel, Sugar Grove, IL. For information 630-466-1330 or www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.
Published in Beacon News on November 25, 2012