Leonard Arthur Weander was born February 4, 1936 in Ainsworth, Nebraska to Arthur and Alma Weander, their first son and third child. Leonard attended Brown County country schools and Long Pine elementary school, graduating from Long Pine High School in 1953. At eight years old, Leonard began working summers driving Percheron horses in the hay fields in Brownlee, Nebraska to help support his family. After a few work adventures including the road construction industry, Leonard began working for the Nebraska Department of Roads and Irrigation in 1955. He earned his civil engineering degree through the International Correspondence School in 1961. He became a licensed professional engineer in 1964 while stationed in Burwell.\n\nDuring his 43 years with the Department of Roads, Leonard and his family moved forty-two times, fulfilling different engineering positions throughout the state. After moving to Lincoln in 1976, they did not move again. Notably, Leonard served as Area Engineer in Chadron, Nebraska and District 1 Construction Engineer in Lincoln. He was so proud of the Department of Roads that he inspired others to work there too, including his brother, sons, daughter, daughter-in-law, two grandsons and a nephew.\n\nLeonard married Sheryl (Kruger) on June 2, 1956. Leonard helped his family remember the date by saying they were married “the second of June in the afternoon.” Their 67-year marriage was blessed with three children, Cynthia, Marty, and Timothy.\n\nLeonard instilled honesty, loyalty, humility, hard work, and diligence in his children and grandchildren. He worked hard and loved harder. He wanted his house filled with people and noise, even if he escaped to his garden sometimes. He was a true family man who encouraged and loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews. He was a renowned gardener, wine maker and outdoorsman. He earned medals for trapshooting in the Nebraska State Senior Olympics and Nebraska State Games.\n\nHe will also be missed by his card-playing buddies and the community at St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he volunteered for many years at the information desk.\n\nLeonard was baptized as an adult and faithfully followed Christ Jesus His Lord and Savior. He led his family to sit in the front pew at church where he sang loudly and with gusto. His departure is less painful knowing He is in heaven and we will see him again. Jesus said: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except\nthrough Me” (John 14:6).\n\nLeonard was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Lola and Dona and brother Kenneth. He is survived by his wife Sheryl; sister Janice Brown of Fremont; daughter Cynthia Wheeler and son-in-law Randy; son Marty Weander; son Timothy Weander and daughter-in-law Alice; eight grandchildren: Nate and Kristen Weander, Nick and Laura Weander, Katie Weander, Travis and Ashley Wheeler, Troy and Michelle Wheeler, Kyle and Kayla Wheeler, Jeff Weander and fiancé Kylie Adolf, Emily and T.J. Jamber; and eleven great grandchildren: Derrick Renfro, Brendam and Grayson Wheeler, Henry and Chloe Wheeler, Aveya, Livia, Boone, and Joss Weander, Archer Wheeler, and Cameron Jamber; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends (you know who you are).\n\nIn lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Christ Stitchers Quilt Group and Christ Lincoln Schools.