CONGERVILLE – Richard L. “Dick” Leiby, 93, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at Snyder Village in Metamora, where he was a resident.
He was born Dec. 15, 1924, in Peoria, the son of Albert L. and Eunice Ayres Leiby. He married Virginia Mae Watrous on May 30, 1946. He later married Faye I. Scott. She died Nov. 22, 2001.
Survivors include five daughters, Sandra Leiby, Sedona, Ariz., Karol Fletcher, Valley View, Texas, Terri (Robert) Parsons, Congerville, Connie Probst Thompson, Ft. Myers, Fla., and Faye Scott, who was adopted; one son, Kerry (Kathy) Leiby, Park Ridge; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Albert Leiby, Walt Leiby and Jack Leiby, one stepson, Wayne Scott, and one stepsister, Vivian Wasley.
Dick’s mother passed away when was three-year-old and his father later married Iva Connor Stinnet, who raised him. He served in the Army during World War II with the Fourth Infantry Division, M Company Third Battalion/22nd Infantry Regiment from 1943 to 1945 as a machine gunner. The Fourth Division landed on Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Dick served in England, France and Germany and was wounded in the Huertgen Forest Battle. Dick received two Bronze Battle Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Purple Heart, while his unit received two Presidential Citations. He recovered for four months from wounds received in the Huertgen Forest Battle at the 68th General Hospital in Coventry, England. Dick then returned to his unit in Karlsruhe, Germany, to serve until the end of the war. He later became a member of the 22nd Infantry Regiment Society. After his service, Dick graduate from Peoria Central High School in 1946 and attended Bradley University, Peoria, for a short time. He always regretted never taking advantage of the G.I. Bill to receive his college degree. Dick worked in the automotive supply business for over 40 years with Schotthofer Motor, Peoria Machine and Automotive Spring. He later worked for and became part owner of Scott’s Super Service, with his second wife until 1989. Dick worked seven more years at Scott’s with his business partner, Bernie Newingham. He also worked at the Peoria Civic Center as an usher, was a former Illinois High School Association (IHSA) basketball official and a member of the Old Timers Baseball Association. A lifelong Chicago Cubs’ fan, Dick was thrilled with their 2016 World Series title. He enjoyed receiving all the ‘16 Cubs championship memorabilia from his family and friends. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 and bravely defeated the disease. Dick was very proud of his children and the support and love they showed him throughout his life, especially into his later years. He was a member of the First Church of Nazarene of Peoria since 1976.
Services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, Peoria. Visitation will take place Monday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at the mortuary. Per his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded after the service. A private inurnment will be held at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria, where military rites will be conducted, at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partridge St., Metamora, 61548 or to Peoria Rescue Ministries, 601 SW Adams, Peoria, 61601.