LeRoy Max Preble
March 27, 1933 – June 7, 2021
LeRoy Max (Lee) Preble died June 7, 2021. He was born in 1933 to Winfield V. Preble and Josephine Levendofsky Preble in Denver, Colorado where he grew up. From an early age, he spent summers on his mother's sisters' farms around Belleville in North-Central Kansas because his mother had to work outside the home and because of the polio epidemic in Denver (His older brother, Theron, died of polio at the age of 10, when LeRoy was 2 and their sister, Wanda, was 15).
In 1950, LeRoy enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean conflict on the hospital ship U.S.S Haven. After the Navy, he became a welder at Midwest Steel and Iron in Denver until 1967. In 1967, he became a sheet metal worker running the building and remodeling of gas stations throughout much of the U.S. in 1973, he and his wife, Sandra, moved to Amarillo, Texas, where he worked as a commercial journeyman carpenter until retiring in 1994.
Survivors are wife, Sandra; children from a previous marriage, Jennifer Preble and Gregory Preble; granddaughter Melissa Preble (husband, Dan Telisky) and great grandchildren Gina and Blaise Telisky. Also surviving are his niece, Sandra Korfhage and nephew Randall Korfhage, Randall's sons Kyle and Cody (Ashley) and their daughter, Brooklyn.
Lee was friendly with everyone. He would strike up a conversation with anybody, especially older people, as he thought they were often ignored; children seemed to be drawn to him. His favorite TV show was The Price is Right - because he liked seeing people happy. Especially in later years, he disliked watching shows with violence - "There's too much of that in the real world." His mother always told him, "Don't drink liquor or smoke." so he seldom drank. He did try smoking once, then wondered how people got any work done with a cigarette in their hand. It got in his way. Never tried again. He worked hard in his professions and always tried to do his best. The foreman on an Amarillo construction site called him his "ace in the hole" because he could come up with a solution to any construction problem. He was mostly a neat person - picked up after himself and didn't leave a mess behind for his wife to clean up. Lee had a good sense of humor and often came up with little quips to make people laugh. He was kind and patient, and most of all, he was a good man.
Monday, June 14, 2021
LeRoy Max Preble
June 10, 2021
Eternally grateful for the love you and Sandy shared for my wife an children through letters you sent, the visits, memories and such over the years.