Leon Kolker

Leon Kolker, died October 14, 2012. A St. Louisan full of life for all of his 96 years, decorated World War II infantry officer and businessman. As a company commander in the U.S. Army Reserve, he was the first to enroll an African-American in the Army Reserves in Missouri. With his father Max and his identical twin brother Milton, Leon built Kolker Insurance Agency to one of the largest providers of property and casualty insurance to the Jewish business community in St Louis. It later merged into Insurance Programmers, which acquired by and renamed Diversified and subsequently became part of Cervantes, Diversified and Associates. He retired in 1986, at the age of 70. Leon graduated from Soldan High School. He served as President of the Conway School PTA, and always valued physical fitness. He did morning pushups and sit-ups and swam laps at the JCCA until he was in his 80s. He qualified for the senior Olympics in the backstroke. He was a resident of Garden View Care Center in Chesterfield at the time of his death. The dear father and father-in-law of Jimmy Kolker (Britt-Marie Forslund), Danny Kolker (Annette B. Fromm) and Diane (Bob) Chapman; dear grandfather of Anne Kolker, Eva Kolker, Miriam Kolker, Harrison Clark and Keenan Clark. His marriage to Harriette Buckner Coret ended in divorce. His second wife, Gerre Kolker died in 1993. Leon outlived his beloved two brothers and two sisters, identical twin the late Milton (Lillian) Kolker, the late Ralph (Mitzi) Kolker, the late Belle (Harry) Dick, and the late Flora Mae (Bill) Barnett. Our dear uncle, cousin and friend. Graveside service Tuesday, October 16th, 1 pm at United Hebrew Cemetery, 7855 Canton Ave., University City, MO. Berger Memorial