Leon Richardson “Red” Weikle

May 08, 1930 ‒ June 04, 2017

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Leon Richard “Red” Weikle was called home to be with the Lord on June 4, 2017 being reunited with his true love, Lois Weikle.

He was born on May 8, 1930 to Gerald and Bernice (Pence) Weikle in Sarton, West Virginia. Red and Lois, his loving wife of 65 years, made their way to Ohio, settling in Bellville to start their life and family. Leon loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren playing outdoor games. Red was known by the Bellville community as a “walker,” as he used to walk five miles a day around Bellville. He enjoyed bowling, tending to his gardens and fruit trees, and hunting; with his beagles as his hunting companions. Family reunions were something he looked forward to, “going down home” as he called it, visiting with his family, and hunting. Red spent some time working in a local Apple Orchard and was a retiree of 43 years at White Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio. Leon’s quiet, confident, steady ways inspired those he was around.  Adding a great sense of humor he made it easy for everyone to talk with him. He will be greatly missed by many.

Leon is survived by two daughters; Linda Frederick and Vanessa (Dave) Ruhl, of Bellville; four grandchildren, Augusta Frederick of Bellville, Brandon (Stephanie) Ruhl of Galion, Amanda (Jason) Smith of Texas, and Britany (Dustin) Gatton of Mansfield; eight great-grandchildren Aaron and Allison Frederick, Madison and Maci Ruhl, Isabella and Landon Smith, and Broghan and Emerie Gatton; one great great-grandson William Remaley.

Also surviving Leon are his brother Bennie (Janie) Weikle of Fredericktown; three sisters Barb (late Gene) Morrison of Galion, Leveta (Weikle) (late Carol) Parker of Bellville, and Arlene (Weikle) Ward of Marion; sister-in-law Linda Weikle, of Fredericktown; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Leon was preceded in death by his wife Lois (Parker) Weikle, his parents Gerald and Bernice (Pence) Weikle, brothers Carlis, Arnold, and Palmer Weikle; and sister Annalee (Weikle) Slaughter.

We will all see you again soon. We love you Papa, tell Mama “hi”.

The Weikle family will receive friends Friday, June 9, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 11:30 a.m.  Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Jefferson Township Rescue Squad or the Alzheimer’s Association may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to his family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • Vanessa and Linda & Family of Leon “Red” Weikle

    We are so very sorry for your loss. It is never easy to loose a parent. I know he at peace now and in Heaven with the love of his life “Lois” and the rest of the gang from Sarton.


    Debbie, Jeff, Jeremy, Christina Weikle & Family

  • Leon and Louis was always special people to me. In high school Red was always talking to me about football and sports. Louis was going to buy me a new car when she won the lotter. God Bless them both. Love Steve and Brenda Weikle

  • My sincere sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in your loving memories, and in God’s promise to soon “swallow up death forever” and “wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25:8)

  • Sorry for your loss many prayers the weikle family will always have a special place in my heart

  • Uncle Leon will be missed, he always had a hug and a smile. I’ll always remember the homemade ice cream he made at Grandma’s every year at Easter time. Good memories.

  • Uncle Leon will be missed. Always had a smile and a hug. I’ll always remember the ball games, and home made ice cream. Good memories.

  • So sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to the family. Always thought a lot of cousin, Leon.

  • Such a good man uncle Leon… Loved seeing you walk your beagle everyday when I worked at GR and other times around town.

    R.I.P as I know you will with being with aunt Lois again! and please, give dad and grandma a hug for me.

    Linda / Vanessa and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones,

    Take care,

  • Linda and Vanessa and Family of Leon Weikle,
    Sending you my sympathy for your loss. Praying God’s comfort for you.

  • I will miss you. I know you are at peace now.
    Linda and Vanessa I love you. Aunt Leveta