LEON W. BRASHIER, JR, 64, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on March 11, 1941 in Victoria, Texas, Leon was the son of Leon and Mary Ackerman Brashier. He and Glenda Wick became Junior High sweethearts at age 14 and later enjoyed 44 years of marriage.
Leon had a wonderful career with the Department of Defense Dependent School System where he served 25 years as a teacher, coach and principal, living abroad in Japan and Korea. While in Japan, Leon was first stationed at Johnson Air Force Base. Several members of the baseball team he coached there went on to receive professional contracts, making Leon very proud. At Camp Zama, Japan, Leon's legacy as both a coach and teacher was spread world-wide as he touched the lives of thousands of students. Leon's love of children was evident by his long hours coaching football and track teams to numerous championships. Upon retiring from the Department of Defense, Leon returned to Texas and continued to contribute to education by becoming Principal of first Como-PicktonHigh School and then RefugioMiddle School. He was a fine educator, and his legacy will live on in the many lives he touched.
From what he did to what he said Coach Brashier was instrumental in the lives of his students. One of his former students recently wrote:
"He was my favorite teacher. I owe my determination to him."
Another student wrote:
"He always has a twinkle in his eye and a smile for everyone."
In the last few years, Leon and Glenda lived at their beloved Yellow Creek Ranch. It was for Leon a wonderful, peaceful place where he enjoyed being with Glenda, reading and visits from his children and grandchildren.
Leon is survived by his loving wife, Glenda, his son, Leon III, and his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Steve Carroll. Grandchildren are Kristen and Kaitlynn.
Leon was a faithful member of the Lutheran church. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville, Texas with Pastor Herb Beyer will be officiating, with interment to follow at HallettsvilleCityCemetery.
Pallbearers will be Leon Brashier III, Steve Carroll, Donald Jansky, Robert Meischen, Steve Wick and Jon Yoder.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of South Texas, 1206 N. Texana, Suite A, Hallettsville, Texas77964.
"... Well done, good and faithful servant. enter thou into the joy of the Lord." Matthew 25:23
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