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Leon Richard Dreyfus, Sr.
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home

Leon R. Dreyfus, Sr.Leon R. Dreyfus, Sr. died Friday, January 22, 2010 at Clear Lake Regional Hospital in Webster after a brief illness.  Visitation will be Monday January 25, 2010 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home In Galveston.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Galveston.  A private family burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Leon ("Buddy") was born in Galveston, Texas on April 20, 1923 to Leon Dreyfus and Elizabeth Cormack Dreyfus.  He was a graduate of Ball High School and Texas A&M University, class of 1945. Prior to graduation with a degree in mechanical engineering, Leon accepted a commission as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Army and served in the Army Air Corp during W.W.II.  Leon and Jackie Roberta Mallini, also of Galveston, were married on May 4, 1946 and during their 62-year marriage, raised their four children on Galveston Island.  He was employed for over 40 years with Southern Paper Company and later, The Century Paper Company.  He was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he served as Island District Chairman (1965-67) and was presented with the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service (1967) and the St. George Medal for distinguished service to Catholic Scouts (1970).  Leon was a member of Rotary International and served as President of the Rotary Club of Galveston (1959-60).   As an active member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students, he served as president of the Galveston County Aggie Club (1957) and was a Silver Century Aggie Club Member.  Leon was a former member of the Galveston Civil Service Commission, a former Division Chairman of the Galveston United Way and a volunteer at the Lone Star Flight Museum.   Leon and Jackie were members of St. Patrick's and later, St. Peter the Apostle Parishes of Galveston.  In addition to his lifelong commitment of service to the Galveston community, the Catholic Church, and the Galveston parochial schools, Leon was a devoted and loving husband and father, a friend to many, and loved by all who knew him.

Leon was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Rose Bradshaw and wife Jackie. Survivors include a daughter, Christine R. Dreyfus, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and three sons, Leon R. Dreyfus, Jr., and wife, Marilyn Kenoyer of Poughkeepsie, New York, Charles E. Dreyfus and Trudy Rossi Dreyfus of Friendswood, Texas, and Lawrence A. Dreyfus and Elise Dreyfus of Lawrence, Kansas.  Leon and Jackie were the grandparents of Abigail Garrett, Alyssa, Dan, and Ariel Dreyfus (Leon), Chuck Dreyfus and Rachel Dreyfus Chapman (Charles), and David and Rebecca Dreyfus (Lawrence) as well as the great-grand parents of Dylan Dreyfus (Chuck), Charlene, Chase and Carolyn Chapman (Rachel) and Mallina Dreyfus (David).   

Pallbearers will be Chuck Dreyfus, Daniel Dreyfus, David Dreyfus, Randall Chapman, Jerry Burke and Josh Fruehan.

Donations may be made in Leon’s name to the Salvation Army or The Ronald Mc Donald House in Galveston.

Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Dreyfus name.

 




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