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Howard Paul Leuer

July 31, 1932June 21, 2020

Howard Leuer, a.k.a. “Papa Carolla” died at home with his family on June 21, 2020. He was 87 years old. Howard was born and raised on a farm near Chicago, Illinois where he learned how to do just about everything, including love the Cubs. He attended the seminary after high school and served as a Catholic priest for sixteen years before leaving to pursue a secular life. He worked for a number of corporations, including Avis Rent-A-Car where he met his wife and life-long companion Carole (Mama Carolla) in the early 70s. They moved to northside of Indianapolis and began raising a family.

In the mid-80s, Howard turned away from the corporate world never to look back, leaving his management position with ITT to join Carole as an entrepreneur, opening and running a number of restaurants including Diggity’s Hot Dog Parlor, Yogurt Crossing, Mama Carolla’s and Good Morning Mamas. Throughout the years, Howard could be seen driving one form of red truck or another, starting with a used 1967 Chevy, up to his most recent red Toyota Tacoma. Always a truck. Always red.

Those who were fortunate enough to have known Howard, even briefly, encountered a man who treated each person as an individual, and always saw the good in people. Money was never a driving force in Howard’s life. He gave his time and money to anyone in need – family, friends, employees, and even strangers who might happen upon his doorstep. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Howard is survived by his wife, Carole Leuer; 4 children; and 7 grandchildren.

The family is conducting a private funeral service, but plans to have a celebration of Howard’s life on his birthday, July 31 at Mama Carolla’s. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone who knew Howard, please raise a glass and toast the life of a good man.


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Justin Wilhere

July 1, 2020

Howard was an amazing man and will be missed terribly. I have so many fond memories of Howard from my childhood, his kindness and humor have left a lasting impression on my life. All my love to the Leuers.

Peggy Trieloff

June 29, 2020

Howard - a Great Husband / a Great Father - a Great Grandfather & a Great Friend to all!!❤️👍💕

Stella Pauley

June 25, 2020

Dear Howard ,my dear cousin, wonderful friend and lovely man. It was my joy to grow up close to you. You were like my second brother. My heart is full of memories, all of them tender. I regret we hadn’t been together in the past few years. I shall miss you.

Phylis Draper-Peters

June 25, 2020

This breaks my heart. Such a dear sweet man! I'll always remember how kind and supportive he and Carol were when we first moved to Indy and always continued to be. If more people had the heart of Howard Leuer this world would definitely be a better place.
He was very loved and will be very missed. Many prayers of comfort and love go out to this wonderful family.
Rest in peace dear friend.
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Nedra Webb

June 24, 2020

Oh Howie!!! Your one of the greatest men Ive ever met, and Im thankful to have known you and worked for your loving family and friends, God rest your soul and my heart and prayers go out to all Leuers !!! Miss you dearly Mrs. Carole and carry you in my heart Justin and Rylan!!!

Mary Sommer

June 24, 2020

Carole, Rylan and Justin I am so sorry. Howard always had a twinkle in his eye. What a wonderful man. I have too many kind memories of Howard and your family to share them here. You have my deepest sympathy.
Mary Sommer

Lisa Dahling

June 24, 2020

I am very blessed to have known Howard while I was an insecure, young middle and high school girl- always hanging out at their family home with my dear friend, Rylinn. Howard and the whole family always welcomed me with a great big hug and even invited me on several trips and events over those years. It was a tough time in my life, and they made such a difference in my life during that time as they were always there with that wonderful smile and welcoming way about him. All my love and prayers to your family.

Connie Whitley

June 24, 2020

Howard was always the smiling face that greeted you at Mama’s. My husband Bruce would always make it a point to stop and talk a few minutes before we left .. he will be missed greatly by family, friends and customers ( who always feel like family). We are so sorry for your loss. May his memory be eternal.

Julid Wilson

June 24, 2020

Howard was like Santa Claus in real life. His wisdom, real talk, tough love, kindness, laugh and his jolliness are my greatest memories of him. He was able to both laugh and be laughed at, and was so often game for whatever shenanigans he was pulled into. He and Carole made a amazing family together and children truly make up the best parts of both of them. I haven’t seen Howard in years, but over the 13 years when I saw him regularly, he never changed. Condolences and love to the Leuers and all those that found themselves a second family with the Leuers.

Rime Karam

June 24, 2020

Words can not express how I feel about this great Man.
I met Howard many moons ago via his daughter Rylinn.
I was a very young international student with hardly any experience in life.
The whole family has immediately adopted me and made me feel at home, loved and cared for.
Howard was more of a very wise older friend then a father figure.
A down to earth, hilarious, non stop working man.
He is a role model who has taught me how to look beyond background, skin, and religious differences.
I could always turn to him for advice without him being pushy he would help me see the bigger picture.
I ve enjoyed every second spent with him and every Conversation, every laugh,.
I am forever grateful for the imprint he s made in my life, turning me into the woman I Currently am.
Howard, I raise my glass to you all the way from the other side of the world. You are missed and will always be loved 🙏🏼