Leo Darius

leo darius
Leo Darius, 85, of Canyon Lake, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, in Wimberley, Texas, after a brief illness. Born in Duesseldorf, Germany on December 1, 1931, he was the son of the late Karl Darius and Gertrude Gures Darius. Leo is survived by his stepsons, Gerald Williams of Austin, Texas and Travis Williams of Amarillo, Texas; brothers-in-law, Keith Vaughn of Tool, Texas, Norman Vaughn and wife Judy of Fort Worth, Texas; sister-in-law, Joyce Vaughn of Arlington, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Leo was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Joyce Marie Vaughn Darius; brother, William "Willy" Darius; and sister, Christine Classen. Leo grew up in Germany and came to the United States as a young man. He adopted the USA as his home and became a U.S. citizen. He kept in close touch with his family in Germany and assisted his brother, Willy, in moving to the U.S. with his family. Leo proudly flew the Stars and Stripes together with the German flag from the deck of his home in Canyon Lake. Leo spoke several languages and traveled the world extensively in his younger years working aboard cruise ships. He spent many years in the hospitality and restaurant industry. He retired as manager of the IBM cafeteria in Austin shortly after Joyce and he moved to Canyon Lake. However; several years later, Joyce convinced him to come to work with her at Deer Creek Nursing Home in Wimberley. With his outgoing personality, Leo found the perfect job as the facilitys van driver. He often joked about driving the "old" people, who were usually 20 years younger than he was, to their doctor appointments. After moving to Canyon Lake, Leo joined the New Braunfels German-American Society. He served as its President for 5 years, Vice President for 3 years, and was on the Board of Directors for 9 years. In 2014 he was awarded a Lifetime Membership for his years of service. Taking family and friends to the Wurstfest, and dancing with Joyce at the annual Maskenball were some of his favorite times. Leo will be buried alongside his wife in Vernon, Texas, where their journey began. Per Leos wishes, no memorial service is planned. However; in true German tradition, in his honor, please raise a glass with a hearty Prost!

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  1. My condolence to you and your family. You and your family are in my prayers for strength beyond normal, and comfort in your time of need. soon our heavenly father  is going to soon  send Jesus to set up  his Kingdom here on Earth. Remember the scripture, our father who is in Heaven , hallow it be your name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done in heaven, also Earth It is speaking about this government here on Earth . Then he  will  heal the  sickness,  bring  back the  dead   here   on Earth. No  more death,  wars, tears, pain. sickness. Rev. 21:3.-5,   Matt 6:6-10   John 5:28, 29    Palms 83:18  psalms 33:25 , Psalms 83:18. God does NOT cause our death right now. Ecc. 9:11. For  more comfort  email me for free at : russt122346@gmail.com I  do all things for  God  and  Jesus    And it all is  free as, Jesus said to go free, give free

  2. We are sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. We knew him only a short time, but know what a wonderful man he was. Our prayers for the family during this sad time. RIP Leo.

  3. We loved Leo dearly and were saddened to hear of his passing. We felt fortunate to have known him and I personally enjoyed being a secretary while Leo was president of the German American Society for many years. Germanys loss was definitely our gain.

  4. I will miss him dearly. He is one of my favorite patients he always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. My prayers are with your family at this sad time.

  5. It seems impossible to believe that I will never see this indestructible man again. He was a friend, confidant and counsellor, full of insight and wit. We met almost 40 years ago in the food business so we had many stories to share. Leo had many years of experience in this field, I had none, so he became my invaluable mentor. He had an uncanny ability to manage and motivate people, hard and compelling at times, sensitive and compassionate at others. He is the only manager I have ever known who could dismiss an employee for just cause and then see that person would walk out with a smile and positive attitude. Over time I met his wife Joyce, Leo’s love and partner. What a pair they made, never a dull minute. My wife and I stayed at their house often and shared many meals, some at the kitchen counter, some on the deck, and some at the dining room table, but laughter was always the main course. So many wonderful memories. Leo and Joyce – gone, but never forgotten.

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