Leonard Joseph Reyman, 86, of Cedar Rapids, passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. Services were held Aug. 11 at Brosh Chapel in Cedar Rapids with the Rev. Julie Schuett presiding. Burial followed in Anderson Cemetery, Swisher.
Leonard was born on the family farm near Swisher on Nov. 9, 1924, the son of Joseph and Estella (Jiroutek) Reyman. He graduated from Shueyville High School in 1943. Leonard was united in marriage to Arlene Kloubec on Nov. 1, 1945, at First Presbyterian Church near Ely. Together they farmed the family farm until his retirement. He was a purebred Duroc hog breeder along with his son Randy and competed in many livestock shows in the Midwest. He worked for Merchants National Motor Bank for over 11 years. Leonard played the accordion from the age of nine until last month, when he played as usual with the Iowa Accordion Band at Westdale Mall. He played with many local bands and in 1947 he formed the Leonard Reyman Band, which performed locally for 55 years.
In 1985, he took his five-piece band and their wives to the Valley in Texas and spent 15 winters there playing several nights a week. As a result, Leonard and Arlene made many friends from all over the country. The band played anniversary dances in Illinois, Wyoming and Winnipeg, Canada. He disbanded the band in 2000 and later formed the Iowa Accordion Club. The group played at festivals, care centers, retirement homes, as well as Westdale Mall. He was a life long member of First Presbyterian Church near Ely, Elks Lodge, Johnson County Farm Bureau and WFLA.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Arlene; four sons, Ronald (Jan) of Swisher, Russell (Pennee) of Donahue, Randy of Decatur, Ill., and Ryan of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Kate, Chris, Nathan, Aubree, Danae and Cameron; five great-grandchildren; two step granddaughters; three step great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Kloubec of West Chicago, Ill.
His parents; two sisters, Evelyn and Arlene; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Kloubec, preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church near Ely.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.