James Leibold
1933 - 2020
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CLEARWATER, KS - James "Jim" G. Leibold of Clearwater, Kansas, a 24-year test engineer with the Cessna Aircraft Company, died on Sunday (Nov. 8) at age 86. Visitation will be Friday, 9:00 am-3:00 pm at Webb-Shinkle Mortuary. Rosary, at 6pm, Friday, and Funeral Mass, 10:00 am, Saturday, both at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Clonmel.

Born in Cascade (Iowa), on November 24, 1933, the son of John P. and Mayme Leibold, he spent his early years working on the family farm, where he repaired, maintained and developed a love for mechanical equipment. In 1955 he joined the Army for a two-year stint as a mechanic, and, upon his honorable discharge, attended the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 1962.

Jim was married on June 20, 1959, to Margaret "Maggie" (Fowler) Leibold, who preceded him in death. They had six children, 24 grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. Jim loved his family and had a grand zest for life. He will be remembered for his honesty, integrity, and work ethic.

With his degree in mechanical engineering, he moved to California and then to Nevada, where he was an engineer at the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation developing engines, which were used in the Gemini and Apollo space programs. In 1969 he moved to Kansas to join Cessna, where he retired in 1993. Not being one for a rocking-chair retirement he continued to work as a financial loan officer, a tax-preparation consultant, and finally as a driver for Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Faith and family were important parts of Jim's life. He was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Clonmel, serving in various ministries. His passion was teaching religious education to the youth of the parish.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret "Maggie" (Fowler) Leibold; parents, John P. and Mayme (Kurt) Leibold; brothers, Louis and Vincent Leibold; sisters, Marion Manternach and Grace Hageman, and grandchildren, Adam and Amanda Gorges and Danielle Gorges Dick. Survivors: sister, Leona (Bob) Buckley of Cascade, Iowa; children, Susan (Dale) Schinstock of Tucson, AZ, Michelle (Larry) Gorges, of Clearwater, KS, Lisa (Ernie) Yingling, and Tim (Trisha) Leibold, all of Andover, KS, Terry (Mandy) Leibold, of Lawrence, KS, and Christi (Chad) Walter of Lincoln, KS; 21 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, Memorial: St. John the Evangelist Catholic (Religious Education Fund), 18630 w. 71st St. So., Viola, KS 67149 OR Clearwater Alcoholics Anonymous, c/o Webb-Shinkle Mortuary, P.O. Box 325, Clearwater, KS 67026. www.wsmortuary.com

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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on Nov. 12, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
NOV
13
Visitation
09:00 - 03:00 PM
NOV
13
Visitation
09:00 - 03:00 PM
NOV
13
Rosary
06:00 PM
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
NOV
13
NOV
14
Funeral Mass
10:00 AM
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
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November 18, 2020
Thinking of you, Susan. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all your family.
Karen Rowe
Coworker
November 13, 2020
Jim (Bouncer) and my Dad, Loras Hughes, were best friends from Cascade. Joined the army together -and then went on to be roommates at the University of Iowa. He came to my Dad’s funeral in May of 2017.
We have kept in touch since the funeral. Two best friends together again- in heaven. RIP Bouncer!
Holly (Hughes) Charboneau
Friend
November 13, 2020
Rest James, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation. U.S. Army.
Harry Simpson
November 12, 2020
To Christi, sorry to hear that Jim had passed. We are thinking of you and the family.
Love,
Judy & Nikki
Judy Melton
Friend
November 12, 2020
Lisa, we were so sorry to hear about your Dad. We are thinking of you and your family.
Bill and Kelly
Bill and Kelly
Friend
November 12, 2020
My father, Norman Mason, worked with Mr. Leibold at Cessna Aircraft and thought very highly of him. My condolences to Mr. Leibold's family.
Steven Hamilton
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