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Saying Goodbye to God's Newest Angels

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There are people in our lives that are given to us as true blessings from God. Our hearts are saddened, broken as we buried two such men on Monday, May13, 2019. This day will remain in my mind for a long time to come.

 


First, we say goodbye to a very dear friend, wonderful husband and father and all-around nice guy ... Leon Wilding. Leon had been battling various internal bodily issues since February of 2019, while at the same time had a weakened heart.

Leon Wilding, 63, of O'Fallon, Missouri passed away on May 6th in St. Louis. Leon was the beloved son of Francis and Lovenia (Grotewiel) Wilding. he was the devoted husband of Virginia (Lutz) for 40 years, loving father of Angela (Dan) Gartner of Sedalia and Jessica Wilding (Fred) of Kansas City, adopted father of Dana Morton, and beloved grandfather to MacAllister, Callahan, Vespyr and Aldridge Gartner, adopted grandfather to Alexzia Morton, Kyle and Kaine Nunn and beloved son-in-law of Pearl Lutz. Leon was anxiously awaiting the birth of his first great-grandchild, Remi.

 


Leon was surrounded by the love of his siblings: Steve Wilding of Troy, Margie (Rodney) Martin of Wright City, Tim (Ann) Wilding of Webster Groves, Ginny (Charlie) Hakenwerth of Dardenne Prairie, Joan (Jim) Schmittel of Warrenton, Kevin (Anita) of Winfield, Debbie (Darrell) Pryor of St. Paul, Sandy (Tim) Bethel of Montgomery City, Mark Wilding (Jane) of Ballwin, Danny (Rhonda) Wilding of St. Peters and Edgar (Nancy) Wilding of St. Peters. Brother-in-law to Dorothy (Tim) Wolk of St. Genevieve, Margie (Gary) Koller of Weingarten, John (Cathy) Lutz of Weingarten, Delores (Wade) Schwent of Weingarten, Della (Toby) Kemper of Bloomsdale. Leon was the loving uncle of numerous nieces and nephews and great uncle to even more.

Leon was a soft-spoken gentleman, who spent his life living by the rules set by God for this earth. He was a loving, caring, generous leader of our family, and he taught these attributes to his daughters through living by the Christian morals in which he believed in so strongly. He cherished his family, his 40+ years with numerous co-workers and his friends. He will be missed by his siblngs, especially during his beloved fishing expeditions with his brothers and father.

 

Leon began his law enforcement career as a police officer and advanced into the private security field as the security supervisor at MEMC, and  remained with the future companies that purchased the O'Fallon site. 

Leon shared his life with his community through his service on The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education, of which he was elected by the public to serve two terms.  Leon was also appointed to the St. Charles County Road Board and served for 3 years in that capacity. He also served on the Transportation Committee for Assumption Parish and also the coordinator and coach of the Assumption Church Basketball Program for many years. While on the Board of Education, Leon strove for excellence after completing the Missouri School Board Association Board of Education Certification Program. He served on numerous educational committees on the local and state level. He always focused on honesty, integrity and the best interests of young people in our community. Where there was a 'need', Leon  was the first to offer a hand.

 

Leon will always be remembered as a easy-going, kind, soft-spoken  Christian man who gave years of volunteer service on the Fort Zumwalt Board of Education and the St. Charles County Road Board. He served in these positions in a time when growth in the area had exploded, but the area had limited funds to absorb the growth. Leon, and others on the governmental Boards provided careful and skilled oversight to insured success in developing and well-balanced community.

Fly high with the angels Leon! There is something comforting in knowing that you will always be watching over your dear family and friends. Till we meet again ...

 

 

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We also said a heartfelt goodbye to one of the kindest, most influencial men in my teenage years ... Nate Goldstein. Nate was the first employer I ever had as a Secretary/Receptionist at Ballwin furniture in Ballwin, Missouri. Because my father was a traveling sales rep, he had little time or interest in spending tiume with his children. During those formative years, Nate was more of a father to me than my own Dad.

Nate taught others about the importance of integrity and character. He constantly challenged people to strive to be the best they can be. He was a stellar example of a wonderful husband and father.

Though Nate lived a long, mostly healthy life to the age of 87 years, he will be missed and dearly remembered by all that knew him. Rest in Peace, my dear friend! Thanks for the memories!