Leon H. Sonnenfeld, 57, of Boelus passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, at the CHI St. Francis Medical in Grand Island.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ord. Fathers John Kakkuzhiyil and Richard Piontkowski will officiate.
Military Honors will be presented at the graveside. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Memorials are suggested to the Family’s Choice. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Leon H. Sonnenfeld was born January 14, 1961, in Ord, Nebraska to Martin and Caroline (McCarville) Sonnenfeld. He grew up with 8 siblings where they ran a family dairy farm. Leon attended school in Ord and graduated in 1979.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Army where he served as a MP from 1982-1985. Leon married Diana Kay Barthel on June 28th, 1986. They lived and farmed in Ord for a year before moving to
Boelus, Nebraska. They moved to Boelus to live on a dairy farm where they milked cows until the fall of 2008. Leon continued to farm at home while also being employed at 5B Feedlot in Grand Island until he
Once married and while living near Boelus, Leon served with the Boelus Volunteer Fire Dept. for a handful of years and was a member of the American Legion.
Leon loved taking care of his cattle and farm at home. He enjoyed spending time with Diana, the kids, and grandkids. Leon loved to laugh with others and be with his family on the farm. He loved listening to polka music and going on hunting trips.
He is survived by his wife, Diana of Boelus; their 5 kids with significant others, Jason of Boelus, Roseanna and Matt Crawford of Maryville MO, Lorissa Sonnenfeld and Seth Littrel of Davey NE,
Vanessa Sonnenfeld and Braden Bomberger of Lincoln NE, and Joshua of Boelus; 2 grandchildren, Aurora and Eli Crawford, and one grandbaby on the way. Also surviving family members are 8 siblings, Martin Sonnenfeld of Rapid City SD, Adrian Sonnenfeld of Ord, Dwaine Sonnenfeld of Ord, Cecilia Sonnenfeld of Loup City, Charlene Moore of VA, Cheyenne Snow of AZ, Emil Sonnenfeld of Ord, and Troy Sonnenfeld of Grand Island, his brother-in-law, David Barthel, and sisters-in-law, Karen Walters and Sharon Butterfield of Chambers, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Caroline, and his father and mother-in -law, Calvin and Lenora Barthel.