Max Leek

max leek

September 12, 1923 ~ December 8, 2009

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Max Leek's spirit soared into the universe on the afternoon of December 8, 2009. He was my devoted husband and best friend for 59 years. Max was an artist who produced exciting paintings and beautiful, spiritual retablos. He was an artisan who carved wonderful duck decoys. He always said that his decoys were not as ducks are, but as they should be. He could build a new house or repair an old one and firmly believed that dedicated hard work was the answer to a lot of life's problems. He loved his home, his garden and his big black cat, 'JoshBBCatt.' He possessed a rapier wit and a wry, sometimes wicked sense of humor. He was an avid reader favoring poetry, history and biography and loved discussions on any of these subjects. He was in fact a later day philosopher with broad knowledge and an inquiring mind. Max was born September 12, 1923, near Bronson, Kansas, to the union of Ross Leek and Hazel West Leek, who preceded him in death. He served in the US Army at Ft. Lewis, Wash. He graduated from Wichita University with a degree in business economics which served him well and furthered his lifelong devotion to work. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; one brother; three sisters; and a large extended family. He was a unique individual and will be grieved for and blessed by his friends and family. I know my life is changed forever and I also know Max will continue to watch over me, so I will not say goodbye. Go with God, Max. Love, light, many blessings and rainbows. Yvonne. At Max's request, no formal service. A celebration of Max's life will be held in the spring when his much loved garden is in bloom and the earth is fresh and green. An announcement with dates will be made at that time. Online condolences,

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  1. Yvonne,

    I was saddened today upon learning of Mr. Leek’s passing. My heartfelt condolences go out to you. I cherish some fond childhood memories of going to the “ranch” with Max and Monte to cut wood and chuckle at the story of Max burning my wet socks (while trying to dry them) over a fire after becoming wet from the snow. I enjoyed my last visit with you all a couple of years back and apologize that I have been remiss in keeping in contact. See e-mail below. God Bless.

  2. Aunt Yavonne, my heart and prayers go out to you,Shan and Monte…..Max was always “My Uncle Max” and always will be as you are “Aunt Yavonne….I’m so sorry for any distance……All my love, and hope to come to the celebration….Yours,Kevin

  3. My brother Max was one of a kind. I always loved him from the time as a toddler and they say I took his red handkerchief from his pocket and blew my nose and stuck it back to the times we sat on stools in the barn and talked as we milked to the time I followed as he plowed with a horse and a walking plow to the time he went to California to work in the shipyards and I still have a vivid picture of him boarding the train and the hot tears I shed. To the times I visited he and Yvonne in Colorado and the last time I saw him there and we visited that beautful river walk. There are many more memories but for now Max “Thanks for the memories.” Love Wanda

  4. Yvonne, We’re sorry to learn of Max’s passing he was an interseting man by far. I learned a few things from him in the time since we’ve been renting from you. Sharon sends her sympathies as well. We hope you’re holding up alright during this transional period I know how tough it can be on a spouse when the other one passes. God Bless you Yvonne, you’re in our prayers. Butch, & Bryan Allen & Sharon Hernandez.

  5. Yvonne, I am writing for all of the family. Max was a great friend and a lot of fun! The two of you were a part of our time in Pueblo that will never be forgotten.


  6. Monte and family,
    Your dad was a very unique man. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
    Shirley Davis Amidon

  7. Yvonne, Max was a great man, I learned a lot from him, expierenced a lot, and had a great deal of respect, sorry I didn’t get back by to visit, but there are a lot of memories. To this day Vodka Gimlets are still my favorite drink. There is still that memory at our wedding, you and Max has one heck of a time. Every time I see a beautiful sunset it reminds me of Max, he will be missed, God bless you and your family.

  8. Yvonne, I’m sorry for you’re loss. Max was a unique and special person. He was an exciting neighbor for us as kids- walking around barefoot and shirtless and killing skunks. I’ll never forget when he found me in the hospital after I was attacked by a bear and told me that I need to carry a 44 magnum.:)

  9. I had a funny feeling about this. I’m sorry I was right. The obit was beautiful (you write so well). Why don’t you come to Wichita I would love to have you.
    Much Love, Dorothy

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