George Walter Leibbrandt of Holyoke 1916 - 1996

Born July 1, 1916 in Red Willow County near McCook, Nebraska, the third child of Gottlieb and Matilda Leibbrandt. He passed away Sunday, February 11, 1996.

George was raised and educated in Red Willow County. In 1941, he moved to Wauneta, Nebraska where he met and courted his future wife, Esther Mae Myers. George and Esther were married June 2, 1942. In November of that year, they moved to Denver.

Leibbrandt enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly thereafter. He received basic training in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was later stationed at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He faithfully served his country as a medic for four and one-half years.

After the war, George and Esther moved back to Nebraska. He farmed near Imperial for a short time. They then moved to Fort Lipton and farmed until 1954.

George had the ability to fix almost anything. He recognized this skill and became an appliance repairman in Denver. He worked for Benson's Appliance Repair Service for 22 years. In 1976, George and Esther relocated to Holyoke.

It was here that George realized the dream of having his own business "George's Appliance." He successfully operated his business full time for nine years and then his son James moved to Holyoke and worked in the business, allowing George to "retire." He continued to work for the business plus for his church and community.

George and Esther were the parents of two children, James Lester and Susan Denise. George was steadfastly loyal to his family. Other interests included gardening, cooking, yard work and woodwork. He was an active member of Holyoke Assembly of God Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, brothers Herman, Otto and Alvin and granddaughter Nicole Katie.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 54 years, Esther of Holyoke; son James and daughter-in-law Martha of Wheat Ridge; daughter Susan Denise Catido and son-in-law Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia; granddaughter Machell and husband Mike Lovell of Imperial, Nebraska; two great grandchildren; sister Viola Esslinger of Holdrege, Nebraska, brothers Martin Leibbrandt of Imperial, Nebraska, and Lewis Leibbrandt of Sun City, Arizona, as well as many nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 1996 at 11 a.m. at Holyoke Assembly of God Church with Pastor Jim Crist officiating. Interment to be in Holyoke Memorial Park.

Author: Vicki Conklin, Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, 15 Feb 1996