Leon G. AuBuchon

October 8, 1933December 24, 2018

Leon G. AuBuchon passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018. He was born on October 8, 1933 in Bonne Terre, Missouri, the son of Wilfrid and Lucille AuBuchon. Leon is survived by his brother, James, of Desloge, Missouri; his son, Peter (Maureen); his grandchildren, Tyler, Amelia, Maria, and John; and his daughter-in-law, Sheila Renee. Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfrid and Lucille, his brothers, Ronald and Fred; his wife of 57 years, Irene; and his son, Michael.

Leon was a star athlete at Bonne Terre High School, and then later at Flat River Junior College, playing baseball, basketball and tennis. He signed a professional baseball contract a few months shy of his 18th birthday, and played two years in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ and Washington Senators’ farm systems. He also played baseball for the Army during his enlistment. After the Army, Leon took a job with Mayrose Meat Company, selling meat to butcher shops and grocery stores for 25 years, eventually moving to Tampa in 1967. Leon fished with his sons regularly in Florida, had a weekly poker game with friends and Irene, was an avid golfer, scoring four holes-in-one, and played years of church league softball for his family’s parish, Most Holy Redeemer. Leon was a devout Catholic for his entire life. As a married couple, Leon and Irene were nearly inseparable. Later in life, Leon loved spending time with his grandchildren, helping his grandsons with the finer aspects of baseball, and regaling his granddaughters with tales of being a “ladies’ man” in Bonne Terre, Missouri. In 1981, Leon took a job selling religious supplies for Watra Church Goods Company, which he did until 2015.

Leon will be remembered as a devoted father and husband, for being a very funny man with a terrific sense of humor, for his love of golf and competition, for his smile and for his love of the company of others. He will be sorely missed.


  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 8, 2019
  • Committal Service with Military Honors Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Leon G. AuBuchon

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Jan Johnson

January 13, 2019

The game of golf is known as a vehicle for meeting good people. I am truly glad to have met leon and treasured him as a customer and most of all a friend. He shared wonderful stories that were both interesting and informative. I am sure he is truly happy now having been reunited with irene and son michael. Sorry i wasnt at the service as i just found today of his passing. It also has been a pleasure to get to know his son and fine grandsons. RIP Leon

Rev. Roy Marien

January 9, 2019

To Leon's Family:

I have worked with Leon for years. He had taken care of our needs at the various parishes I have been assigned. Because of his ministry, his advice had been crucial in the building of two new sanctuaries in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. I will never forget his kindness and professionalism. I am a better pastor because of Leon's ministry, and he will hold a special place in my heart.

God Bless...

Rev. Roy C. Marien, Pastor
Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee

Corky Sabo

January 8, 2019

I used to enjoy listening to his baseball stories, when he came to St. Patrick in Tampa to check on our supplies. He was sure passionate about the days when he played. God bless you, Leon.
......Corky Sabo

Jeanette Friedheim

January 8, 2019

My sincere sympathy to the AuBuchon family. Irene & Leon gave many years of love & service to those of us at Morning Star School! May God grant Leon his eternal reward!

Jeanette Friedheim

janine kucera

January 7, 2019

Where does one start to relate the memories of Leon...What a great person he was...I remember the first time I met Leon..It was at a clergy conference in Tampa...He was knew to me...He had just started working for us at Watra...We looked at each other...instant friendship... He was the greatest person...full of fun, jokes, life, so in love with his wife,Irene and his family...AND such a good ever...If he went to a church and they did not need anything at that time..they would order on his next trip..Leon wrote that down and was sure to have that note to show the customer on the next visit.He was also a person true to his word..He told my husband and
that he would always be with us..and he was. I am remembering in my mind so many stories he told but too long to write about..but I will tell one that still makes me laugh..He went to Church one Sunday and some tourist ladies were sitting in his Pew and Seat...You can't sit here...This is my seat...There are many other seats..the next Sunday they were in a different pew...I send sincere condolences to you. his family and many friends...He was a ONE OF A KIND...person, loved his Family and Faith..true to his words and friends. He has been missed by us at Watra during these past years and will continue to be missed..I am sure he is in Heaven but not sure the Lord is ready for this...sending Prayers and love..Janine

Bobbie Grove

January 6, 2019

I was fortunate to have worked with Leon at Watra Church Goods for 12 plus years till he retired. Oh the stories he told about school, baseball, golf, and family. He was an excellent salesman. My condolences to his family. I'll always remember Leon, especially his energy and enthusiasm and love for his family.

Karin McCauley

January 6, 2019

Leon will be sorely missed at Watra Church Goods where he started working for my parents in 1981. He was a stellar employee: loyal like no other, hardworking & a joy to be around. His sense of humor & outgoing personality made him our best salesman ever! His love for work, family & church is rarely seen these days. He was a true gem of a person. We will miss his smiling face & great sense of humor. I’m sure he & my father are exchanging jokes in heaven as we speak!

Patricia St. Louis

December 30, 2018

I have such wonderful memories of my humorous and kind hearted Uncle Leon AuBuchon. When the family visited Colorado and we went to the mountains to go fishing. When Dad and I came to Florida and had such a lovely time swimming in the pool. Uncle Leon and Aunt Irene took us to Busch Gardens and Disneyworld. They were such wonderful hosts.
Uncle Leon always had a smile and a funny joke or story to tell. I loved his stories about his "saintly" oldest brother, my Dad Ronald AuBuchon. And hearing about his golfing escapades especially with Uncle Fred. I shall forever cherish getting to be with Uncles Leon Fred and Jim when Dad was hospitalized and later died. It meant so much to Karen and I to have our uncles there with us for a brief time while Dad was in a medical coma before he passed.
I remember Uncle Leon telling me about his closeness and reverance for the blessed mother Mary. When cousin Mark let me know he passed on Christmas Eve i thought wow, what divine timing for him to go to Heaven as we all observed the remembrance of the most significant night of Mary's life.
It makes my heart warm to know he is with Tootie and Wilfrid, Dad and Uncle Fred, his beloved Irene and Michael too now. My deepest sympathy to you Peter and your family and to all the AuBuchons and loved ones on the loss of such a truly wonderful gentleman who I was always so proud to call my Uncle. Rest in peace dear Uncle.

Matt LoMaglio

December 29, 2018

As a former associate of Leon, I genuinely enjoyed his gift of gab and zest for life . He had interesting stories to tell and I found him to be a truly remarkable man. My deepest condolences to his friends and family.