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D. 'Lee' Luebbe
Leland D. ‘Lee’ Luebbe, 89, of Grand Island died Sunday,
February 5, 2012 at his home, with family by his side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Mary’s
Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m., with a Rosary starting at
7 at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Mr. Luebbe was born January 12, 1923, on the family farm near St. Libory,
Nebraska, the son of Arthur P. and Bertha (Boltz) Luebbe. He received
his education at rural school in Howard County. He was always proud for
getting the highest score in Math out of all the students in his school
during the state testing. Leland was baptized in the Lutheran faith and
confirmed in 1936. Out of his love for Carmen he became a member of the
Catholic faith in 1950.
On January 30, 1948 he married Carmen G. Aldana. Leland and Carmen
celebrated their 64 th wedding anniversary this year. In the 64 years
of marriage, Leland never missed giving Carmen roses on their anniversary.
Leland’s love of Polka’s, Waltz’s and dancing brought
him to the Grand Island Liederkrantz where he met the love of his life,
Carmen G. Aldana. He moved from the family farm in 1946, to be closer
to Carmen. During that time he started work at the Coca-Cola Bottling
Co. from 1946 to 1950. He then started work at Union Pacific Railroad
from 1950 to 1956. In order to stay close to his family he took a job
with Fairacres Dairy from 1956 to 1965. In 1965 he went to work for Chief
Industries as the plant manager of the fiberglass department. Leland
retired in 1990 from Chief Industries. After retirement he worked at
the Grand Island Independent in the circulation department until 1993.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral and a past member of
the Eagles, Platt-Duetsche and the Elks.
Leland loved watching the activities of all his grandchildren and eating
out with his family. He also enjoyed many activities outdoors, including
gardening, fishing, hunting, and traveling, especially seeing the countryside
and the crops on drives he took. He also loved watching sports.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Carmen (Aldana);
daughters and sons in law, Rita and Craig Hand and Judy and Tim Sagvold,
all of Grand Island.
Those also left to cherish his memory are five grandchildren and their
spouses, Kristin and Paul Watson of Grand Island. Ryan and Teri Hand
of Grand Island, Tyler and Ana Iwanski, Dr. Shannon Iwanski and Michael
Iwanski, all of Omaha; great grandchildren, Grace and Garrett Watson
and Ella Iwanski; brother in law, Richard Daniell of Lincoln; and sisters
in law, Trina Torres, Jennie Casarez and Lupe Aldana of Grand Island
and Jeannie Luebbe of North Platte.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Verne Luebbe; sisters,
Lorraine Marsh, Margarette Eihusen and Lois Daniell.
Memorials are suggested to the family.