August 5, 1931 — January 22, 2019

Services for Wilbert Gene Leschper, 87, of Sealy were held Jan. 28 at First United Methodist Church of Sealy with the Rev. Eddie Hilliard officiating. Burial followed at Sealy Cemetery. Leschper died Jan. 22 at Colonial Belle Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 5, 1931, in the Peters Community, the son of Walter Sr. and Mary Ludwig Leschper. He attended Peters-Hacienda and Sealy schools. When his older brother joined the army, he dropped out of high school to help on the family farm. He later joined the army, too, serving from 1954 to 1956. Upon returning, he moved to Houston and worked at Mosher Steel. He was united in marriage with Gladys Frank on Sept. 20, 1958, at Industry Brethren Church. In 1966 they moved back to Peters, where he worked for AL&M before opening a , meat market in 1976. Gladys worked alongside him, as did his sister and niece. Their children worked as well, especially during dear season. Leschper also raised cattle and make hay. He helped his children with fair projects, draft house plans, bowl in a league, and serve on just about every committee there was at First United Methodis Church of Sealy, where he remained a member until his death. He was also a member and/or officer of Peters Hall, Sons of Hermann, Austin Co. Livestock Association, Farm Bureau director, 4-H adult leader, and Soil & Water Con- , servation District. . He closed The Country Market in 1999, and later worked for Ranchers Meats in Bellville, retiring at the age of 81. Leschper was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bennie and Sveedie Franke; siblings, Lee Roy Leschper Sr., Florence Frank and Walter Leschper Jr.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Janie Leschper, Maggie Leschper, Leon . Frank, Jerry Prince, Jesse Franke and Larry Ratjen; niece and nephews, Deborah Guerrero, Steven Krolczyk and Jeffery Franke; and great-niece, Jessica Hills. Pallbearers were Jeff Krolczyk, Andrew and Lee Leschper, Pat Lester, Mark Meloneck, and John Svec. Memorial contributions can be made to First United Methodist Church, Parkinson’s Foundation, Steven Krolczyk Memorial Scholarship Endowment at Blinn College, or a charity of choice. Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel, Sealy, director.

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