Leland Rae Hueser passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the age of 86 years after a recent stroke. Lee was born April 4, 1928 in Marcus, Iowa to Mildred and Benjamin Hueser. The third of nine children, he graduated from Quimby High School in 1946 and enlisted in the Marine Corp. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Iowa and used his GI bill to become trained in Omaha as a railroad telegrapher. His first job for the Southern Pacific Railroad took him to California where he met his wife, Margaret Reusser, at a YWCA dance class. They married August 12, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church of Sacramento.
Lee’s occupation changed over the years from telegrapher to agent and then bookkeeper for Pacific Motor Trucking Company. In all he worked 40 years for the railroad.
Lee and Margaret raised two children, Karen and Kent, in Sacramento and over the years Lee was very active with his children’s activities as well as his interests in the Masons, Shriners, Elks, and the church. Margaret and Lee enjoyed bridge and dancing with friends.
Lee loved his family and spent every other summer traveling back to Iowa to visit his parents and siblings. Each visit, the Leland Hueser family went a different route so that by the time his kids were graduating high school, they had visited every state in the U.S. After visiting the U.S., Lee and Margaret began to travel overseas and became very avid travelers.
Their interest in traveling did not wane and even in the past year, they took a trip to meet up with their grandson in Vietnam, attended their grandson’s college graduation in North Carolina and visited their son in Washington state. Overall, they visited all 50 states and over 50 countries throughout the world.
In 2001, Lee and Margaret moved to Fallbrook from Sacramento to be nearer their daughter’s family and settled in the Rancho Monserate mobile home park of Fallbrook. There Lee enjoyed playing bridge, pinochle, dancing, grandchildren’s activities and golf. They spent a few months a year at the Fountain of Youth Spa in Niland where they met up with friends, played card games, danced and socialized.
Lee is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret; daughter Karen Colburn (Steve) of Fallbrook, Calif.; son Kent Hueser (Paula) of Spokane, Wash.; grandchildren Jeanelle, Garrett (Terra), Ashley, Wade, Brittany, Dillon and great-granddaughter Alexys. He also is survived by siblings Bill (Roberta), Lester, Betty, Jerry (Jean), and Peggy.
Leland Hueser was loved by many and will be dearly missed. He was a gentle soul who would do anything for his neighbor and enjoyed each moment of life to the fullest. He has left a wonderful legacy and memories to last forever. A Celebration of Life will be held at his daughter’s home in the near future.