William Leon DeWeese, known to most as Leon, 60, Lonedell, departed this life in Lonedell Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.
Leon was born in St. Louis Nov. 6, 1952, the son of William Elbert DeWeese and wife Virginia Lee, nee Schaffer.
Leon is survived by his mother, Virginia Mizer, Lonedell; by two brothers, Lee DeWeese and wife, Marsha, Fayetteville, N.C. and Dale DeWeese and wife, Deb, Lonedell; by his special cousin, Cindy Elliott and husband, Terry, Union; by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, William E. DeWeese; by his stepfather, Richard Mizer; and by one brother, Dennis DeWeese.
Leon was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior.
He was proud to have served his country in the Missouri Army National Guard, enlisting on Sept. 27, 1971, and retiring on Sept. 26, 1992, having attained the rank of sergeant.
Leon was activated in support of Operation Desert Storm from Jan. 1, 1991, through May 9, 1991.
During his working years he was employed by Chrysler Corporation in Fenton, as a forklift operator, retiring after 30 years of service.
He was also a retiree of the United Auto Workers, Local 110 of St. Louis, Mo.
Leon had a variety of interests throughout his life including fishing, going to the AD Auction and traveling with his mother.
As a child he was a member of the 4-H Club and the St. Clair Saddle Club. He also enjoyed painting in his younger years. What meant most to Leon was time spent with his family and although he had no children of his own, he treated his nieces and nephews as his own.
The many wonderful memories they have created will forever be cherished by them all.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. Pat Patterson officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
Published in The Missourian on January 16, 2013