Leo E. “Fritz” Embry, age 85, of Laurie, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. He was born June 9, 1935, in Tipton, Missouri, son of the late Talton and Nora (Wolfe) Embry.
On March 21, 1955, he was united in marriage to Doreen Anne Dunham, who preceded him in death on July 24, 1994. On December 28, 1996, he married Peggy L. (Barbour) Wilkinson, who preceded him in death on June 11, 2016.
Fritz was a mechanic in the United States Air Force serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Zack Wheat Post 624 in Sunrise Beach.
He worked as a journey lineman for over forty years for Co-Mo Electric. In 1959, he and Joe Broyles were instrumental in establishing Co-Mo in Sunrise Beach. He served as supervisor and as district manager before retiring in 1997.
Fritz had many hobbies including, horse, cattle and pig farming, showing horses, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed restoring tractors and lawn mowers. He was very talented, playing many musical instruments including the harmonica, piano and guitar. Coming from a musical family where his mom and siblings all could read music and play instruments, he played by ear never learning to read music. Fritz loved to play the piano. It brought him great joy to play and sing songs.
He is survived by his children, Mike (Patty) Embry of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, Cathy Charter (Greg Lux) of Laurie, Missouri, Tim (Terry) Embry of the state of California, Susan Emert of Laurie, Missouri, Pam (Steve) Willsie of Gravois Mills, Missouri and Phillip Wilkinson of Gravois Mills, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Margie Kuttenkuler and Ruth (Jim) Barbour all of Tipton, Missouri and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wives, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Dean Embry and Gene Embry and a son-in-law, Rob Emert.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21st, at the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel. Social distancing and masks are suggested for those attending the visitation. A private family graveside service will be held in the Ozark Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.
Posted online on January 19, 2021