Cozad Resident: Leon Myer, age 73 (1940-2013)

Leon Myer, 73, of Cozad, Nebraska, died Thursday, April 11th, 2013, at the Cozad Community Hospital.

Leon was born February 24th, 1940, at Cozad to Lloyd “Dutch” and Maxcine (Beckley) Myer and was raised by his maternal grandparents, W.W. “Bud” and Mary Elta Beckley. Leon graduated from Cozad High School in 1958 and continued work with his Grandpa Beckley on the family hay-hauling business.

On September 10th, 1960, Leon was united in marriage to Sharon K. Leahy at Cozad. The couple made their home in Cozad their entire married life and their union was blessed with five children, Anne, Joe, John, Mary and Ellen. In the late 1970’s, Leon started his career with Paulsen Inc., working on a paving crew. Leon worked at Paulsen’s for over 30 years, serving as the Ready-Mix Plant Manager in Lexington, Nebraska, until his retirement in 2009. He had a tremendous work ethic and took pride in a job well done. In addition to Paulsen’s, Leon partnered with his friend Lee Whitehead to form Tri-City Auction Service. The Myer and Whitehead families orchestrated auctions all over the area for over 20 years, their wives by their sides serving as clerks.

Leon had been a member of Christ The King Catholic Church for over 50 years, many of those spent as an usher at Mass. He was a charter member of the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250 and a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. In 1990, Leon and his family were honored as the Christ The King Parish Family of The Year.

For over a decade Leon coached his two sons as they competed in amateur boxing and more recently was content working in his garden and keeping up with his grandchildren who he loved so much.

Leon was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon in 2010; his grandparents; parents; two brothers, Bill and Ricky; and a special uncle, Fred Myer.

Survivors include his three daughters, Anne (Eric) Seaman, Mary Myer and Ellen Myer, all of Cozad; two sons, Joe Myer and John (Julie) Myer, all of Cozad; six grandchildren, Cora-Leigh, Jacob, Jordan, Bianca, Alynne, and Maddux; two special sisters, LaVon (Richard) Beans of Cozad, Jean (Cecil) Woodward of Callaway, Nebraska; two brothers-in-law, Michael (Molly) Leahy and, Patrick (Deb) Leahy of Cozad; four sisters-in-law, Maureen (David) Lewis of Missoula, Montana, Janis Hutchins and LaDonna Dannehl, all of Lincoln, Nebraska and Vicki Smith of Cozad; He also leaves behind a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be shared at

Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 15th, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Cozad with Father Don O’Brien as celebrant. Burial will be in the Cozad Cemetery.

Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.


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