Funeral services for Bill Leis, 75 year old Buffalo man who passed away early Monday morning at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Saturday April 23rd at 10:00 a.m. from the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo with Pastor John Orwig officiating. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with the VFW and American Legion in charge of Military Graveside Honors. Donations in Bill’s name may be made to the Buffalo Senior Center, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
William Henry Leis was born on October 21, 1935 on the Leis Ranch Northeast of Buffalo to Konrad and Eva Bauer Leis. He grew up on the ranch and went to school in Buffalo where he graduated from Johnson County High School in 1953. After high school he worked for his father on the ranch and also drove truck for Charles Buell. He joined the Air Force in 1953 and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and also in Arizona and North Carolina. After an honorable discharge from the military he returned to Buffalo where he went to work for his dad and brother on the ranch. He was married on May 24, 1958 in Superior, Montana to Sandra Buell and they made their home on the Leis Ranch on Clear Creek. Bill and Sandy lived on the ranch until 1970 when they moved into Buffalo where Bill owned and drove his own truck, welded and managed the 21 Club. Bill owned and operated his own welding shop for a time before moving back to the ranch in 1982. They lived on the ranch until ill health forced him to retire in 2004. He continued living in Buffalo until the time of his death.
Bill was a past member of the Buffalo Kiwanis Club, the Buffalo Jaycee’s and the Buffalo Drum and Bugle Corp. He was a water commissioner for Johnson County for over 25 years. As a young man he rode in the Pony Express Race and always enjoyed going to the rodeo. Bill loved to farm and spent many pleasure filled hours driving his tractor. He came to town everyday and enjoyed having coffee and solving world problems with his friends. Bill especially loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Sandy of Buffalo; three sons, Eric Leis and his wife Marcie of Buffalo, Patrick Leis and his wife Tina of Forest Grove, Oregon and Michael Leis and his wife Julie also of Buffalo; three daughters, Debbie Hepp and her husband Bob of Kaycee, Anastasia Johnson and her husband Mark of Buffalo and Dawn Knudsvig and her husband Bruce also of Buffalo; nineteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.