Leonard Joseph Mach, Sr., son of Joseph and Mary (Jaros) Mach, was born August 28, 1922 at Verdigre, NE. He attended country school west of Verdigre through the sixth grade and graduated from Omaha South High School, Omaha, NE. Leonards childhood years were spent living west of Verdigre. His teenage years were spent living with an aunt and uncle in Omaha. He returned to Center, NE after high school to farm with his father. He entered the United States Army on July 11, 1945 and was stationed in the Phillipines during WWII. He was later stationed in Japan after the dropping of the atomic bomb. After being honorably discharged on September 5, 1946, he returned to Center to resume farming. On December 17, 1948, he was married to Ella Mae Wright at Center, NE. Three children were born to them, Judith Ann, Leonard Joseph, Jr., and Ronald Lee. After his marriage, Leonard farmed for a short time. He then moved to Creighton, NE and worked for Great Plains Lumber Co., Walt Miller Construction, Farmers Union Co-op, and Rice Oil Company, until retirement. He and his wife moved to Wasilla, Alaska to be near their son, Ronald, until his health failed. They then moved to Tekamah, NE to be near their daughter, Judith. He was a resident of the Tekamah Nursing Home until his death. He died, Sunday, August 17, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Tekamah, Nebraska.
Leonard was a member of VFW Post #1151, Creighton, NE and the Creighton Volunteer Fire Department. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, bowling, card playing, and woodworking. He loved his country, his heritage, and serving with the Fire Department more than anything.
Survivors include his wife Ella Mae; children, Judy Harris and friend Tom Gamel of Tekamah, Leonard, Jr. and Marilyn Mach of Norfolk, and Ron and Sharon Mach of Wasilla, AK; 12 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Evelyn (Ed) Sucha of Verdigre, Joe (Dori) Mach of Center, NE, Wesley (Caryl) Mach of Fullerton, NE, Jerry (Sherry) Mach of Bloomfield, and Helene (Heine) Ziegler of Washington State.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Albina Vickney; a son in law, Tom Harris; and mother in law, Esther Lindsay.