- June 6, 1931 - February 5, 2013
- Little Rock, Arkansas
of Leo's Passing
Arkansas Children's Hospital
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Little Rock, AR 72202
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“Leo, Marguerite and Family: May God Bless you at this time of loss! Have comfort in that your father is now in Heaven!! I always enjoyed talking with...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Reginald Rogers - Little Rock, AR
“Mrs. Olberts and family, I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Olberts' passing. He was one of the "rocks" of Holy Souls. He always stopped me after Mass to...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Fran Jansen Webb - Louisville, KY
“we love you guys
3 of 26 | Posted by: Jeanne and James Tucker - Jackson, MS
“I was out of town when I learned Leo's passing and was not able to attend a service. Leo was a good man. I came to know him through a working...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Ron Lensing - No Little Rock, AR
“Poppy I love you so much and I will never forget everything you did for for me throughout my life and I can never thank you enough for how much you...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Nick Collier - Little Rock, AR
“We are farmers from Lonoke and when we first starting going to the Cathedral, Leo was the first to welcome us. What an impression he made on us!...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Rick and Susan Bransford - Lonoke, AR
“We will miss seeing Mr. Olberts around the neighborhood and at Sunday Mass. Both of you have brightened our days many times over the years. Our...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Skip Clemmons and Susan Day - AR
“Dear Margaret Ann, Sharon, Cathy, Leo, Carol and Patty,
Leo was like another "dad" to us all as we grew up in the wonderful neighborhood of...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Sr. Deborah Troillett, RSM - MD
“Leo was one of the most caring individuals I've ever known. He was a great employer and friend. I started working for Lewis & Norwood back in 1971....Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Joyce Smith - little rock, AR
“i am so sorry for your loss.your family is in my prayers always.
10 of 26 | Posted by: brenda black - little rock, AR
“Dear Olberts Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I worked for Leo at Lewis & Norwood and ROKF and always said he was the best boss I ever...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Kathi Bergemann - Monroe, LA
“We were blessed to know Leo. Such a kind and loving man. I fondly remember my times visiting with he and Margaret at Patty and Franks. But I am most...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Erin Taylor - Little Rock, AR
“Our prayers go out to you all sweet Olberts family. May your memories comfort you and know that he is looking down from above watching over each of...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Tim &Betty Hill Martin - TN
“Brilliant and compassionate man. I enjoyed his visits to Dr. Beck,s office and his expression of love for Margaret Ann and his family. I am sorry for...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Dale Kirby Selakovich - AR
“My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
15 of 26 | Posted by: Chris Hill - Desoto - Relative
“I worked with Leo for many years at the old Lewis & Norwood Agency. I have never met a nicer guy. He was a joy to work with. My prayers are with...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Myrna Boardman Darkes - Benton, AR
“Dear Olberts Family,
I was so saddened by the news of Mr. Olberts passing. I remember from years ago when I first met Sharon what a kind man he...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Jackson Stevens - Wilmington, NC
“Margaret Ann and Family; I was saddened to learn of Leo's passing. May he rest in peace. Leo was truly a professional gentleman, highly respectred by...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Ralph Balch - Morrilton, AR
“Leo was always a class act who addded knowledge and integrity to the insurance community. Thank you for all your support for the Professional...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Linda Thompson - :Little Rock, AR
“Rest in peace Leo. Thank you for your contributions to the Professional Insurance Agents of AR as well as bringing class and integrity to the...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Linda Thompson - Little Rock, AR
“Patty and family:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. He is now resting in...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Cathy Mills - Little Rock, AR
I am so sorry to hsEar about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so glad to have known your father...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Cathy Digby Leon - bryant, AR
“A good friend and always a gentleman. Worked with Leo at Lewis and Norwood which was the best business experience of my life.
Pray he is at peace...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Randy Hutchinson - Sherwood, AR
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family as you gather to bid farewell to a very special man.
24 of 26 | Posted by: Melinda Southerland - Leesburg, VA
“We offer our sincere condolences on the death of Mr. Olberts. We pray that your memories of happy times will see you through this difficult time.
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25 of 26 | Posted by: Dave and Marva McAlpine - AR
“My sincere condolences.
26 of 26 | Posted by: Brendan O Mara - Limerick
Leo Olberts, Jr., died February 5, 2013, at St. Vincent's Hospital with his family around him. He was born in Little Rock on June 6, 1931, and was the only son of the late Leo Edward Olberts and Helen Bowlin Olberts. He attended St. Edward's Grammar School before moving with his family to New Orleans in the summer of '42. He was a student at Jesuit High in N.O. for three years then returned to Little Rock where he graduated from Catholic High School in 1947. It was during his senior year at CHS when he met the love of his life, Margaret Ann Burnett, whom he married in 1951 after his graduation from LSU.
A Journalism/Speech Major, Olberts worked as an announcer at the University Station WLSU during his junior year and at KXLR in North Little Rock the following summer. After his graduation from college he became first a staff announcer at KPLC in Lake Charles and then at KALB in Alexandria, La., where he was employed when first married. He left radio for the insurance business and spent the better part of his working years in the Property and Casualty insurance industry serving initially as an Inspector with the Arkansas Inspection & Rating Bureau (later ISO of Arkansas) from 1952-1954.
In March of '54 he joined the highly respected Lewis & Norwood General Agency as a Field Rep and bought into the Agency in 1970. During the late '70s the Agency reorganized itself into two corporations Lewis & Norwood, General Agents of which he was President and a local agency Ramsey, Olberts, Krug & Farrell (later Ramsey, Krug, Farrell & Lensing and part of Bancorp South). In 1986 he formed the Olberts Company, Inc., and brought AMEX Life (now Genworth Life) into the state to write Long-Term Nursing Home Insurance. He also served as Vice-President of Operations for the American Management Corporation and worked with them for three years.
Olberts was a dedicated member of the Arkansas Mutual Agents Association (now the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Arkansas) and served several terms on their Board of Directors and as President in 1972-73. He was the recipient of the Association's "Mr. Chairman" award in 1969 for his work as Chairman of their Legislative Committee and again in 1978 in recognition for his leadership as Education Chairman.
He was among the first lectors at Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church and served both as a member of the Church Finance Committee for eight years and later as a member of the Parish Council. He was also on the Holy Souls School Board from 1973-76, including a term as its President in his final year on the Board.
For Leo, family get-togethers were the highlight of every holiday season. Each of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to him. He enjoyed playing all types of games with them and encouraging them in their varied interests and activities. He spent many basketball seasons as a statistician on the bench with his son who coached both at Bryant and Mills University Studies High School. He also loved traveling throughout the states and in Europe, photography, big band music, old movies and his iMac.
Olberts is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Ann Olberts, daughters Sharon Sellars, Carol Fox and Patty O'Mara of Little Rock, Cathy Derden of Boise, Idaho, and an only son, Leo Olberts, III, also of Little Rock and by their spouses, Rick Sellars, David Fox, Frank O'Mara, Terry Derden and Marguerite Olberts. Additionally, he is survived by 14 grandchildren: Elizabeth Sellars, Terry (and wife Nicole) Derden, Madaline Derden Anderson (and husband Rob) Michael (and wife Aislynn) Derden, Katie Derden Duke (and husband R.T.); Nicholas Collier, Laura and Samantha Fox; Jack, Colin and Harry O'Mara; Ben (and wife Amina) Olberts, Rachel Olberts Bilyk (and husband Cole) and Christian Olberts, as well as seven great-grandsons Thomas, Timothy and Tyler Derden, Eli and Samuel Olberts, Cooper Anderson and Ryan Collier.
There will be a Visitation at 6 p. m. at Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic Church on Friday, February 8, with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 9, also at Holy Souls Catholic Church with Father Mauricio Carrasco as Celebrant. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Griffith, Leggett, Healey & Roth Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, Our Lady of Holy Souls Catholic School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Catholic High School for Boys or St. Theresa Catholic School Adopt a Student Program.