Florian ‘John’ Leibel

Florian ‘John’ Leibel
June 1949-January 2024
After years of health issues John passed away at the age of 74, January 19,2024. Predeceased by his parents Florian and Mary, infant daughter Tina Marie and brother-in-law Adam Unique. He will be remembered by daughter Joanne (Richard) Euteneier, step-daughters Kim Barrett and Pam(Murray)Priddel, sisters Henrietta Unique (Tom) and Michelene (Larry) Boulding, his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. As well as, special lady friends.
Born and raised in the Qu’Appelle district he left for a short time to complete his education. During that time he met and married Rose, spending nearly 40 years together before going their separate ways. Shortly after getting married, they moved to Qu’Appelle and took over the family farm.
Never afraid of hard work or trying something different, John added to usual grain and farm animals with specialty cattle, Standardbred/Thoroughbred horses. The horses led to him getting his trainers license and spending many years racing at tracks across SK and MB.
Eventually selling the farm moving to Regina, Pilot Butte and then the acreage. During that time he built a riding arena and track, and hosted the 1st ever Pilot Butte rodeo. He continued racing horses and wheeling/dealing on anything and everything! If you knew John you knew his moto: Everything is for sale if it’s not nailed down and even then, it’s negotiable!
It was his next venture that had Joanne following in his footsteps, trucking. They spent many years working together or along side each other, not always a smooth road but, they usually worked it out.
After retiring in 2014 John spent his remaining years in and around Regina. Having traveled a bit over the years Vegas and Arizona were his favorite.
A big man with a big personality and laugh to match. You could usually find him at one of his many favorite places bs’ing over a beer and clam working on his next deal. John will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
There will be a memorial gathering to do what he enjoyed most tell/share stories, raise a glass or tip a beer, in the spring. Details will be released at that time.

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