Remembering A Local Hero

Naperville recently said goodbye to a local hero.

Long time Naperville resident, Leo Kuefler moved to the area when he was just 12, going on to attend Naperville Community High School.

After graduation, he was drafted into the Army in December 1941 and upon his discharge in 1946, was awarded the Silver Heart and Purple Heart after saving his outfit when they were cut off by the Germans in a town in France.

In addition to owning his own local business, Kuefler was a bus driver for District 203, a member of the Naperville Civil Defense Unit and a long time member of the Naperville Judd Kendall VFW Post #3873.

He was one of five hometown heroes depicted in the Veteran’s Valor statue in downtown Naperville.

“Leo, I’m sure for all that got to know him over the years, his many years in town, will remember him as a cheerful, upbeat, dedicated human being who cared about everyone he came in contact with,” said State Senior Vice Commander for the State of Illinois, Philip L. Maughan.

Leo Kuefler was 98 years old.

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