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Rev. Lamar C. Leifeste
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 14, 2011

Reverend Lamar C. Leifeste, age 93, of Brady, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011 in Brady. He was born on September 9, 1917 in Castell, Texas, to Arthur Frederick Leifeste and Agnes Pthania (Matern) Leifeste. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. He married Joan Sturman on August 28, 1948, in San Antonio. He received his B.A. from Southwestern University in Georgetown and attended graduate school at the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. While in college, Lamar traveled with the Southwestern A Chappell Choir and was a Who’s Who. He served as Associate Pastor and Director of Education at First United Methodist Church in Seguin for two years. He started Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Corpus Christi where he served for four years. He served as Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Pleasanton for six years, First United Methodist Church in Brady for twelve years and the Kingsland Community Church in Kingsland for five years before retiring in 1982. In 1964, Reverend Leifeste was asked to offer the opening prayer for the U.S. Senate. Upon retirement, he started his second career as a Walmart “Greeter”, a position he held for 18 years, retiring a second time in 2005. While in Brady, Lamar was a member of the Lions Club, President of Ol’ Houn Dawgs, served as a board member of Brady ISD for six years and helped raise money for the first marquee at the Brady Court House. Lamar not only served his congregation, he served his whole community. Lamar loved his family. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were the light of his life. Funeral Services were at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 22, 2011 at First United Methodist Church in Brady with Reverend John Alsbrooks officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Rest Haven Cemetery. Friends may sign the memorial guest book online at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com. Pallbearers were Tim Leifeste, Charles Birk, Vernon Farmer, Drake Farmer, Clyde Mordica, Tod Eathorne, Larry Don Mordica and Johnny Ray Mordica.Reverend Leifeste is survived by his wife Joan of Brady; son Michael Leifeste and his wife Nancy of Austin; daughters Melinda Philipp and husband Gary of Brady and Sue Owens and husband Monte of Brady; brother A.C. Leifeste and wife Eleanor of Kingsland; sisters Ruth Farmer and Arlene Moore of Austin; grandchildren Melissa Philipp, Kevin Owens and wife Shea, Aaron Leifeste and wife Gretchen, Zac Leifeste and Taylor Owens and wife Beth; great-grandchildren Averie Owens and Luke Leifeste and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Andrew Leifeste and sisters Emily Birk and Louise Mordica and niece Carla Coward. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Leatherwood Memorial Chapels

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