Leon part of ‘Truth, Justice, American Way’ generation
Went down to repair shop to help Leon Schrader celebrate his 97th birthday. I remember as small kid going down there with my father the Dutchman and he told me to remember if Leon couldn’t work on something, you didn’t want to own it. Through the years as I lived all over the state, Karen would drive a vehicle down for him to fix and stay with her parents. One time we towed a car out of a highrise parking garage in Houston and then on to Leon’s. All the years we had kids in college, by keeping my old work car going instead of car payments, the kids got out of college debt free. The kids always said Leon helped pay for their college education.
When Leon finally retired the car after 17 years, I told him I was a little ashamed because Dutch always said a real farm man could get 20 years out of a vehicle. Leon said maybe he would never find out.
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