- A Fixture in the Community
- By GO TAKAYAMA
- The 61st Missouri Photo Workshop / Festus & Crystal City, Mo.
"She is the luckiest girl in the town to hang out with Leon," says Crystal City local Rick Earls of Lisa Wolfers, one of the four daughters of Leon Wolfers, 82, who runs L & R Furniture, a used furniture store. The business started with a small, one-building store in 1974.
addition to selling furniture, Leon has also donated furniture for families in the community who have experienced tragedy and loss in their lives. "We ain't here to make money, we are here to help people," said Leon. Community members said that Leon's charity comes from his kindness, not for recognition. "He doesn't do it for a pat on the back," said Lisa Wolfers, who has been working with her father for over 15 years.
Despite the fact that Leon's humble passion has served the community in many levels, the inevitable passing of time will not allow him to continue forever. His legacy will live on through his daughter, who will be assuming responsibility for the business. It is his hope that the benefits Crystal City has seen from his furniture store will be passed on for many generations to come.
Leon Wolfers, 82, starts his daily routine by arriving one hour before opening his store. "He will die there," joked Ruby Wolfers, Leon's wife, of his work attitude. He has worked six days a week for over 35 years.
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