Leonard E. “Len” Daiber, 74, of Highland died on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Faith Care Center in Highland.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 and again from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1 at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Pat Jakel, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland.
He was born on Oct. 8, 1940 in Highland to Andrew and Sarah (Tabor) Daiber. On Sept. 29, 1962, he married Alice Mueller in Aviston. She passed away on Sept. 23, 2013
Mr. Daiber was a quiet example of his faith and devotion for his family. One of those examples was his 50-year marriage to his wife, Alice.
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His dedication to the Beatitudes led to the founding of Missions International, with the support of his wife. Missions International actively touches the lives of more than 1 million people in Guatemala, Haiti, Venezuela and Ghana on a daily basis.
Mr. Daiber also actively supported the Highland community. He was involved in the founding of the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry in 1995.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. He participated in Perpetual Adoration and Cursillo. He served on the finance committee for St. Paul Church and was a member of the school board for St. Paul School for many years. He was instrumental in starting the communion service to the nursing homes and shut-ins.
He served on the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Board for more than 20 years.
He was also a member the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly and Highland Rotary Club.
He loved spending time at his cabin, with his grandchildren, and outdoors. He was an avid hunter. He really enjoyed hunting and finding arrowheads with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Denise (Dan) Ervin of Gooding, Idaho, Bryan (Amy) Daiber of Russellville, Ark., Tim (Gena) Daiber of Vandalia, Shelly (Craig) Sands of Highland, Mari (Layne) Krumwiede of Lewistown, Mont., and Andrew Daiber of Minneapolis, Minn.; 23 grandchildren; brothers, Alvin Daiber of Highland and Charles (Ruth Ann) Daiber of New Baden; sisters, Doris (Cletus) Bugger of Highland and Barb (Vern) Rakers of Highland; a sister-in-law, Marguerite Daiber of Pierron; and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Paul Daiber and George Daiber; and a sister-in-law, Rochelle Daiber.
Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Educational Foundation (Leonard & Alice Daiber Scholarship Fund) or Missions International.