St. Louis’ German-American Community has lost a dear friend and mentor in the passing on 22 October 2016 of Roy Leimberg. Roy was a member of the German American Committee, St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities, and many others. President James Martin, in his letter to the German American Heritage Society said it best:
Dear GAHS Members:
It is with great sadness that I share with you the loss of longtime GAHS Board Member, Roy Leimberg. He was an energetic and enthusiastic leader and a pillar of the German-American community, always offering his support and generosity and attending every event with gusto.
Roy passed away this morning at St. Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by Harrison and their family and friends.
Roy was one of the rare recipients of both the Carl Schurz Award (in 1999, for his dedication to the preservation of the history and heritage of our German forebears), and the Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award (in 2007, for his assistance in the promulgation of cooperation and understanding between Germany and the United States).
Roy was also the person who got my family involved with GAHS. In 2007, Jessica and I attended our first GAHS event (the Taste of Germany) as representatives of the German School Association. Roy was the vice president of membership at the time, and he and Harrison seated us at their table. Roy was very good at his job, because by the end of the evening he had us signed up to be members.
I will let you know when we have more information regarding further arrangements. Please keep Roy, Harrison, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.
German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis