Leo Henry Dumpert

Leo Henry Dumpert was born to Adam and Fredericka Menke Dumpert on May 15, 1909, at Exeter, Nebraska. He passed away on July 3, 1997 at the Friend Manor in Friend, Nebraska at the age of 88 years, 1 month and 18 days. He was one of twelve children in the family.

He was born and raised on the family farm east of Exeter. He attended St. Stephen's School through the eight grade and graduated from the Exeter High School in 1926. He was member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church while living in Exeter. Following graduation he moved to Lincoln, where he worked for his brother, Felix, as an automobile mechanic. He later worked for O'Shea-Rogers as a mechanic.

Leo moved to California in the early forties, settling in San Diego. He invested in real estate and also sold real estate. He was very adept at real estate and became a very successful businessman. Following a stroke, he moved back to Nebraska and entered the Friend Manor in 1985. It was there that he reside until his death on July 3, 1997.

In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and hunting, was an excellent pool player, and played the drums. While in San Diego, he enjoyed watching sports and had season tickets to the San Diego Chargers football games for many years. He belonged to the Catholic church at the Catholic University of San Diego. His home was only a short distance from the church and he walked to daily Mass from his home. He was an outgoing, generous and friendly man.

He never married but had many nieces and nephews who made his family complete.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Fredericka Dumpert; brothers, Felix, William, Bernard, Martin and Paul Dumpert; sisters, Sophia and Alice Dumpert, Emma Dey and Ann Dumpert.

He is survived by his sisters, Edith Geis and Margaret Hall, both of Lincoln, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted from the St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Exeter at 10:00 a.m., Monday, July 7, 1997, with Father James Cooper officiating. Music was provided by Agnes Anderson and Julie Polak. Casket bearers were Bob Dumpert, Tom Dumpert, Larry Hall, Gary Dumpert, Doyle Helmink and Jim Baker. Interment was in the Exeter Cemetery with the Farmer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials are directed to the family.



From the Pen.....
.........of H.J.H.

In Memoriam of Leo Dumpert

For many years Dumpert families have been respected and loyal members of the Exeter area. On July 3, Leo Dumpert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Dumpert, passed away at Friend, Nebraska, after having been a resident of the Friend Manor for some time. Leo graduated from Exeter High School in 1926.

As a school classmate of H.J.H., we remember Leo as a sincere and serious student who with his sister Edith were devoted members of our class. As I looked through our Senior Class Book, the following quote was written beside his picture, "Fine people, like fine deeds, need no trumpets". Our entire class knew he was a very sincere and serious student. Sometime after graduation Leo left for California, where he obtained a very good position and remained there until his health began to fail, when he returned to his old home town to be near his family. Following a time in the Friend Hospital he became a resident at the Friend Manor where he remained until his death.

As a remembered friend and classmate for many years, we can only hope that many students will follow his example of a sincere and honorable life. May he now have received his reward for his efforts in living a faithful life upon this earth from the hands of the eternal Father of all mankind.

Our sincere sympathy is with his sisters Edith Geis and Mary Hall and families, may their memories of this loving brother be a source of consolation.


Fillmore County News
Exeter, Nebraska
Thursday, July 17, 1997