Harold G. “Harry” Leitner

Harold G. “Harry” Leitner, age 80 of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 23, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. According to his wishes, a private family service will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque to honor Harry’s life.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Harry’s family.


Harry was born on January 22, 1939 in Dubuque, Iowa, to Harold and Mary (Roepsch) Leitner.  He spent his youth surrounded by family and friends who continually instilled the values of faith, family, honesty and hard work as the keys to success. After graduating from the Loras Academy in 1957, Harry began his career in banking.  He spent most of his working years primarily as a loan officer with First National Bank and also at DuTrac Community Credit Union before eventually retiring in 2002. Harry and Roann Schiessl were united in marriage on September 16, 1961 at St. Mary’s Church in Dubuque.  Their union was blessed with 4 children and an abundance of wonderful memories.


Coaching the Holy Trinity baseball team in the Holy Name League was one of his favorite outlets as the kids were growing up, but putting on his Santa outfit and making as many children smile as possible was undeniably one of his favorite activities; often welcoming a friendly tug on his real beard to make them even more sure he was indeed the Santa they were looking for.  Harry leaves behind many broken hearts today as his earthly battles have finally ceased, but thankfully he can now hold his dear daughter, Diane, in his loving arms once again.  We will miss Harry more than words could ever accurately depict, but we know that we’ll see him again, and maybe he can put in a few good words for his beloved Chicago White Sox along the way.  Thank you for being you, Harry. God speed and God bless!        


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Harry include,


his loving wife of 58 years,

Roann Leitner, Dubuque, Iowa;


his 3 adored children,

Dolores “Dee” (Hank) Koester, Dubuque, Iowa,

Jim (Maggie) Leitner, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Kevin (Maria) Leitner, Chicago, Illinois;


his 4 grandchildren,

Amanda (Christine Pezzulo) Koester, Alyssa George, Gabby Leitner and Bailey Leitner; 


his great-granddaughter,

Tatum Pezzulo-Koester;


his sisters,

Carol Tietjen, Davenport, Iowa,

and Darlene Kaufmann, Dubuque, Iowa;


his in-law’s,

Bob (Linda) Schiessl, Lincoln, Nebraska,

John (Jackie) Schiessl, Ridgefield, Washington,

Martha (Dave) Olson, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas,

Mary (Denny) Healy, Eldridge, Iowa,

Carol (Tom) Smith, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Jan (Tony) George, Sherrill, Iowa;


along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbors.


Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary (Roepsch) Leitner; his daughter, Diane Leitner; his sister in infancy, Peggy Leitner; and his brothers-in-law, Dick Tietjen and Arnie Kaufmann. 


Harry’s family would like to thank his doctors and the nurses and staff at ManorCare and Tri-State Dialysis for all of their professional and compassionate care and support. 


Online condolences may be shared with Harry’s family at www.tristatecremationcenter.com

According to his wishes, a private family service will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque to honor Harry’s life.

13 comments on “Harold G. “Harry” Leitner
  1. Kay and John Gaul says:

    Prayers and hugs,sorry to hear of Harrys passing.

  2. Kay Heller says:

    Thinking of all of you.

  3. Rick Hecker says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss Jim, but enjoyed the article you wrote in the TH. Was a fitting tribute to your father. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. Shelly Godwin says:

    Prayers and hugs to all of you–Harry was great guy!!

  5. Charlie and Darla Isbell says:

    Roann and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Prayers for all of you.

  6. Rick Hecker says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss Jim, but enjoyed the article you wrote in the TH. Was a fitting tribute to your father.

  7. Doris Schueller says:

    Dear Ronan & Family
    Very sad to see of Harry’s passing!
    Wanted to share a fond memory with you all.
    He organized a short skit of the St Mary’s Branch with he being the lead character-Julia Child!
    What a fun time it was for our office-there is I believe a video out there somewhere!
    He always had a joke or a funny story to share!
    We send our condolences to your family and please hold on to all those great memories!
    Doris & Ron Schueller

  8. Robert McLaughlin says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to Harry Leitner family. Harry was a special man-he brought in major league baseball players to Dubuque Iowa for us young kids to admire and look up to. He introduced me to Kevin rhomberg who then played for the Cleveland Indians through him I was able to secure White Sox playoff tickets. Harry and Rowan always looked out for their neighbors, they were always there to lend a special hand in their times of need. Harry will most definitely be missed. Harry and Rohan will always hold a special place in my heart.

  9. Kristy Banwarth says:

    So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. The article in the TH was a beautiful tribute. Harry was quite possibly one of my favorite people to work with at DuTrac. He took me out for a burger every Friday at the 19th Hole. I’ll forever cherish those memories. My favorite memory was when Harry met my fiance at the time. Harry told him that if he hurt me, he would kill him. My now husband laughs every time I bring that up. Thoughts and prayers to your family!

  10. Mark McDonald says:

    Leitner family:I was truly shocked to hear of Harrys passing,he was truly an inspiration to everyone who lives he touched..may the good Lord welcome him with open arms and may he provide comfort to the family during the difficult days ahead.

  11. Pat Flanagan says:

    Ro and Family,

    The world needs more Harry Leitners. We all need his personality, sense of humor, love of life, and a year round Santa Claus. Kids need a coach who knows how to develop the traits of sportsmanship; fair play is more important than winning, at all costs.


  12. Rick Francois says:

    Leitner Family,

    Sending prayers and love your way as you recall the many blessed memories of “Pops”.

  13. Karen Harrington says:

    I remember all of our Christmas parties for our office and fun we had when we all got together.Harry also spoiled us at the St. Mary’s branch when he made us soup and treats. But, my heart is broken and tears are falling for the loss of a dear friend and co worker. Thanks Harry for all the precious memories. GO WHITE SOX!!!!

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