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Leo Kugler Jr.

Leo Kugler Jr.

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Died

Everything, his smile, laugh, voice, the way he smiled. I miss that I cannot hug or kiss him anymore. Just hearing him say mom.

Tell us about your loved one.

Leo was a friend to everyone, he was a great son, brother to Nick, Peter and Andolyn, grandson . Father to Leo the third and Antonio. Leo loved life, he loved sports and music. Leo loved the Dallas Cowboys. leo played football from a very young aage and even played in a city legue in his 20's. Leo always enjoyed when the Cowboys played and he had friends that were either Browns or Steelers fans as we lived in Ohio close to Pittsburgh so there was never a dull moment with friends and family during football or baseball season. Leo was small but strong. He Loved baseball and played T ball to pony league- undefeated 2 years in a row. Leo liked the St. louis cardinals. Leo was always there to help others in need especially to help his friends suffering with addiction as well. Leo was truly caring and selfless. When Leo was in the 7 th grade his class went on a field trrip to Washington Dc there Leo gave his money and lunch to a homeless man that the other kids were making fun of. This was the young man that I love and miss dearly every single day.

Tell us about Leo's struggle with addiction

Leo was involved in sports and doing well in scholl. Leo started using Marijuana at the age of 15 years. Leo then started to have trouble in school with his schoolwork and he did not want to continue in school. Leo had issues with then Heroin as well as prescription opiates. Leo was like a Jekyl and Hyde on drugs and he was angry with outbursts more frequently, Leo denied that he needed help but he alwys said I know I have a problem but he would not let us take him for treatment , how many times he was driven to the hospital but would not go in. He did go for counseling when he was younger because he was angry but he would not tell anyone why. I feel Leo suffered from Depression. Leo had been clean 1 year before he relapsed and overdosed. leo had gotten into trouble the night before as he was setup by his friend. I can still remember his last phone call and he did not want to let anyone down. i reminded him how much we all loved him and would support him. I also told him that others would understand and help him. I said that he needed to be here for the boys. that was the last time I talked to him until the phone call the next morning that they could not wake him up for his community service job.

What made Leo smile?

Life, Everything, watching his boys playing, other people. talking and sharing. all of the things that leo enjoyed in life especially his family.

What do you miss most about Leo?

Everything, his smile, laugh, voice, the way he smiled. I miss that I cannot hug or kiss him anymore. Just hearing him say mom.

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