Father Leon Richard Reuter

Born: Sun., Feb. 3, 1935
Died: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 26, 2018
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Wed., Dec. 26, 2018
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Dec. 27, 2018
Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church

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Father Leon Richard Reuter, O.F.M., passed away at St. Vincent Hospice Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Dec. 20, 2018, at the age of 83 years.

He was born on Feb. 3, 1935, and grew up on his family farm. He was one of twelve children born to Henry Reuter and Julia Reckel Reuter.

He attended eight years at St. Joseph Catholic School in Shelbyville, Ind., and then entered St. Joseph Junior High School and Seminary in Oakbrook, Illinois. He was ordained in 1962 and his first assignment on June 13, 1962, was at St. Francis parish in Quincy, Ill. He taught at Notre Dame High School and then went to Corpus Christi parish in Chicago, Ill. Several years later, he moved to Ohio to teach at Padue High School.

He did ministry in parishes in Wisconsin and Missouri. He earned a master's degree in Urban Studies in 1973 from Cleveland State University. After he retired from active service, he came back to St. Joseph parish in Shelbyville, Ind., where he assisted the pastors of several churches in duties of Replacement Ministry. He was a member of the St. Louis-based Sacred Heart Province of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor.

He is survived by his sisters, Angela Miner of Shelbyville, Ind., Eileen (James) Blatz, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Rosann Schonfeld, of Fairland, Ind., along with brothers, Alfred (Margaret) Reuter, of Shelbyville, Ind., and Francis Reuter, of Indianapolis, Ind.; brother-in-law, Wilbur Hoeing, of Rushville, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Julia Reuter, brothers, Charles Reuter, Robert Reuter, Harold Reuter, brother-in-law, Frank Schonfeld, sister, Juliann Hoeing, and sister-in-law, Dolores Zobel Reuter.

In his spare time, he enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, picking persimmons, hunting, fishing, shooting hoops, riding his bicycle, and reading the daily paper.

The visitation will be on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shelbyville, Ind., from 4 to 7 p.m., with rosary immediately following.

The Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 27, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shelbyville, Ind.

Interment will be held following the funeral mass at St. Joseph Cemetery in Shelbyville, Ind.

Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Reuter family.

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Rebadene Schoentrup Deiwert
   Posted Tue December 25, 2018
Dear Reuter Family, My Mom just had her 101thn birthday. She has good memories of Father Leon visiting with her and Ardell many times when he stopped by while visiting Florida. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rochelle Newkirk
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
To the Reuter Family,
I am a member of the Legion of Mary thru St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. I visited with Fr. Reuter every week while he was at Summer Trace. Sometimes he was talkative and would love to reminiscence about his past. He was always waiting for dinner and loved his instant coffee. He always gave me a blessing before I left. I will miss our conversations and most of all, his blessings. I know he is in a happier place. Rest in Peace in heaven with our Lord and the Virgin Mary.

Susan (Haddad) Sullivan
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
I just wanted to let you know my prayers and thoughts are with you. I am Mary Francis’s 2 nd youngest daughter. I remember Fr. Leon’s ordination mass. I was only 7 and was very impressed. My mom was very proud that her nephew was a priest.

Terri Smith
   Posted Sun December 30, 2018
Dear Reuter Family
I met Father upon his arrival at Manorcare in Carmel, and had the Blessing of giving him Holy Communion, I always felt so humble as he would give me a Blessing every time I came in and thought he should be giving me Communion! I enjoyed his sense of humor and visits! My Deepest Sympathy to your Family!

May he Rest In Peace
In Christ Love ❤️
Terri Smith

Stephen Stone
   Posted Mon February 11, 2019
Reuter Family,

Sending heartfelt condolences on Fr Leon’s passing. Though I did not have the benefit of knowing him, I always felt a closeness to him, sharing a love of the Franciscan Order. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephen Stone
Grandson of Edmund Reuter

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