William E. Leeser

Bill Leeser

Mr. William E. Leeser, age 93, of La Grange, MO passed away Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Lewis County Nursing Home in Canton, Missouri.

He was born December 9, 1922 in La Grange, Mo a son of Earl and Edna Tatje Leeser. He married Joann Schnellbacher on July 12, 1953 in La Grange, MO. She survives.

Bill was a 1940 graduate of La Grange High School. After school he traveled to California to work in the shipyards. While in California he played baseball for the Cardinals Minor League Team. Bill had served as President of the Northeast MO Referee Basketball Association and also refereed for over 20 years. He was also an avid bowler.

He had worked at Merkel’s in Quincy for over 50 years as a sporting goods salesman retiring when the store closed. He was a member of the La Grange United Methodist Church and former member of River Valley Country Club. Bill served on the Lewis County School Board when the district was first formed and had also been the first booster club president for the district.

Survivors include his wife Joann Leeser of La Grange; one son, Brian (Kerri) Leeser of LaGrange; one brother, Melvin Leeser of Soddy-Daisy, TN; one sister, Mary Jennens of West Carrolton, OH; two grandsons, William L. and James E. Leeser of La Grange and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jim, Earl Joe, and George Leeser and one sister, Louise Lawson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in La Grange, MO with Reverend Steve Martin officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in La Grange. Visitation will be held Friday, June 17, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in La Grange.

The family suggests memorials be made to the La Grange Baseball Association.

Music: Organist, Barb Burkhardt and Vocalist, Betty Lillard

Pallbearers: Ed Heller, William Leeser, Jimmy Ellison, Frances Ellison, Joe Garrett, Ron Platt

Honorary pallbearers: Bob Richter , Lannie Henze, Robert Farr and CB Keller