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Le Mars jeweler Leon E. Bricker dies at 80

Monday, March 5, 2007

Leon E. Bricker, 80, of Le Mars, died Friday, March 2, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Lee was born Jan. 8, 1927, in Greenfield, the son of John W. and Bess (Wyllie) Bricker. After high school graduation he served in the Occupation Army in Germany and upon discharge from the service Lee attended watch making school in Joplin, Mo.

Lee was united in marriage to June Kelley on June 8, 1948, at Waterloo. In the 1950s Lee worked as a watchmaker and owned his own jewelry store in Ackley. From 1960 until 1970 Lee worked for Honeywell in Minneapolis as an engineering technician, building and testing the guidance gyroscopes for the series of Apollo spacecrafts.

In 1970 the Bricker family moved to LeMars and in 1973 Lee bought the former Bartels and Landhuis jewelry store. He had operated Bricker's Jewelry for many years and still remained active in the family business with his son, Scott.

Leon's lifelong hobby was building and flying model radio control aircraft. He began with small gliders when he was in high school and over the years mastered construction and flying of radio controlled planes with over five foot wingspans. He was a long-time member of the Le Mars RC club. Lee had been a member of the Le Mars Rotary Club and the Wasmer American Legion Post #241.

Leon is survived by his son, Scott Bricker of Le Mars and daughter, Jane Lindell and husband Chris of Marion. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Adrienne, Taylor, Sydney and Simone Bricker and Benjamin and Sarah Lindell; and his aunt Mary Tharp and sister-in-law Mary Bricker of Greenfield.

He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, two brothers, John and Albert, and a sister, Virginia Rhine.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Jason Larson of the Le Mars United Methodist Church officiating. Visitations will be after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday until service time. Private family inurnment services will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

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