Leo Wayne Ewigman, age 82, of lifelong Marceline area resident passed away on December 12, 2012, following complications from surgery at the University Hospital in Columbia. Leo was born on the Ewigman family farm in Marceline Missouri. He was the proud father of seven sons and one daughter and especially loved by his 24 grandchildren and 6+ great-grandchildren. He was a role model for numerous “adopted boys” over the many years. He was a farmer and rancher his entire life who had the opportunity to stay in the house he built with lumber grown and sawed on his farm.
Leo was born on August 16, 1930, the fifth child of twelve children of Bernard and Maude (Crecelius) Ewigman. He graduated from Marceline High School in 1948. He was drafted and achieved the rank of Corporal in the US Army during the Korean War with the 832nd EAB, where he took part in building an airport near Fairbanks, Alaska. He received the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals before being honorably discharged in 1954. He remained lifetime friends with his comrades, attending numerous Army reunions with the last one held in Sept 2012.
Leo married his wife, Florence J (Marek) in Wien, Missouri, on April 14, 1953, while serving on an army leave, and was able to have his wife join him for several months in California. He returned to the Marceline area, which he loved so much, to farm and grow his family. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and Marceline Tiger supporter. He served as a strong member of the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, a 3rd degree Knight of Columbus, Marceline Fraternal Eagles, and served on the ASC Committee and Marceline Township Board for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Florence, of nearly 60 years, sons and spouses, John and Jeanette of Kansas City; Steve and Rose of Marceline; David and Janelle of Lee’s Summit; Mark and Linda of Marceline; Richard and Karlene of Centralia; Kenny and Lisa of Marceline; daughter, Cheryl and David Stallo of Columbia; and daughter-in-law, Leslie Walker of Jackson; brothers, Lawrence Ewigman of Marceline; Jerry Ewigman of rural Brookfield; James Ewigman of Marceline; and Thomas Ewigman of Oak Grove; and sisters, Patty Bradford of Smithville; Lois Smith of Strafford; and Barbara Sportsman of Jefferson City. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Randy, his brothers, Henry, Robert and his sisters Mary Elizabeth and Agnes Swenson.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 AM, Monday, December 17, 2012 at the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Marceline with Fr. Jerry Kaimann officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Marceline. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 4 until 8 PM at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline with Prayer and Rosary services at 4 PM. Pallbearers will be Jason, Tony, Logan, Ryan, Brian, Scott, Eric, and Christopher Ewigman. The family suggest memorials be made to the Fr. McCartan Memorial School Campaign Fund and these may be left at or mailed to Delaney Funeral Home 1720 N. Missouri Ave., Marceline, MO 64658.