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Leon Svoboda - July 25, 2013


Leon “Lee” Anton John Svoboda, 77, of York, died July 21, 2013.
Lee was born June 12, 1936, the youngest of five children, on a farm by Brainard to John and Mary Svoboda, during the depression.
He received his Catholic sacraments, Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation, at Holy Trinity Parish in Brainard. Lee received his 8th grade education at Farm School District 78 and graduated from Brainard High School in 1954.
Being a farm boy, Lee enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and going through the stock car craze of the 1950’s. Growing up, his father had a mechanical repair shop which Lee enjoyed. He worked the summer of 1953 for Emmett Scott and after graduation in 1954, Lee returned, working for Emmett for 51 years until retirement.
Lee enjoyed playing cards with family, friends and his poker and pitch buddies. He enjoyed metal detecting, auctions, collecting, history, all old cars, polka and country music.
Lee supported his kids and grandkids in sports with great enjoyment. “Big Red Games” were always a family get-together.
Lee’s wife, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids were the highlight of his life, teaching, mostly learning, through trials in life, enjoying the moments.
In 1957, Lee met the love of his life, Sue. In 1959 they were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York, where they attended. They were married for 52 plus years, blessed with four children, and a large extended, still growing, treasured family. Lee and Sue loved their church and family and they raised their children in York.
Lee lost the love of his life, Sue, to cancer in 2012; his daughter, Pam in 2007; his son-in-law, Nick Conrad in 1993, and his daughter-in-law, Marla Svoboda in 1988; they at a young age; his brother, George Svoboda; and sisters, Georgia Smith and Marcy Zima.

Lee is survived by his daughter, Kelly (Brad) Brooke, of Benedict; son, John (Sharon) Svoboda of Lincoln; and daughter, Kathy (Gayle) Vrbas of Imperial; son-in-law, Thomas Neville of York; brother, Louis (Grace) Svoboda of Columbus; brother-in-law, Richard (Marjo) Thompsen of Omaha; step-mother-in-law, Mildred Thompsen of Lincoln; grandchildren, Josh (Jenny) Conrad of Omaha, Leslie Svoboda of San Antonio, Texas, Jessica (Brett) Himmelberg of Lincoln, Todd Svoboda of Athens, Georgia, Kindra Brooke of Lincoln, Whitney Brooke of Benedict, twins, Caleb and Jacob Brooke of Benedict, Evan Neville of York, Allyson Vrbas of Imperial, Samantha Neville of York, Kadin Vrbas of Imperial and Ryley Vrbas of Imperial; great-grandchildren, Keeley, Nicholas, Emory, Malekai and Breckan Conrad of Omaha and Adlee Himmelberg of Lincoln; many nieces and nephews; and a special person, Vinney.
Lee enjoyed his many friends and true friendships to the end of his life as the Lord gave him many blessings.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 26 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York.
A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, also at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Burial will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, York.
Visitation will be 1-9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at Metz Mortuary. The family will greet friends at the church Thursday evening following the rosary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School Endowment Fund or to the family for later designation.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortu ary.com.
Metz Mortuary, York, Neb. is in charge of arrangements.