Leonard Anthony Streff
Leonard Anthony Streff, 91, of Holdrege, Nebraska, passed away Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Nebraska. Leonard was born July 9, 1924, in Juniata, Nebraska, the seventh of eleven children born to Charles and Elizabeth Streff.
After high school, Leonard was employed in the automotive industry until he was inducted into the United States Army on June 22, 1944. Shortly thereafter on September 23, 1944, he was united in marriage to Marcellina Theresa Hynes at Ft. McClellan in Anniston, Alabama. Leonard served with the 102nd Ozark Division during WW II.
After successfully serving his two years of military duty, he continued his career in the automotive industry, then in 1962 Leonard and his cousin/business partner Gerald Weber, started S & W Auto Parts in Holdrege. They later expanded, opening several NAPA stores in central Nebraska until their retirement in 1989.
Throughout the years, Leonard enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He had many friends and was active in his community where he volunteered for over twenty years at the Phelps Community Pantry, and was honored to be a twenty-five gallon blood donor through the Red Cross. He was a devoted member of the All Saints Catholic Church in Holdrege where he served as an Acolyte, and was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. Most important in his life was his family. He delighted in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they loved and adored him.
Besides his parents; Leonard was preceded in death by two sisters: Marie Hoffman and Margaret Perez; five brothers: Joseph, James, Herbert, Charles and Nicholas Streff; a great-grandson, Brenden Lawrence; and son-in-law, David T. Lawrence.
He leaves to celebrate his life; his wife of 71 years, Marcie Streff of Holdrege; five children: Rod (Jeanne) Streff of Florence, AZ, Kathy Worman, also of Florence, Connie (Bob) Johnson of Bertrand, NE, Vickie (Mike) Klein of Holdrege, and Lauri (John) Bosco of Glenwood Springs, CO; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Agnes (Leo) Billesbach and Bette Brockman; one brother, Gerald Streff; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at All Saints Catholic Church and internment took place at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska, with military rites.
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