Benjamin D. Leible, 25


Benjamin David “Ben” Leible, 25, of Hillsboro, died at 4:12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 at his residence.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Hillsboro Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Matt Ferguson, pastor, and the Rev. Randy Sands, pastor of Hillsboro Free Methodist Church, C.J. Dyas of Hillsboro Free Methodist, and Ruthie McCario, director of Celebrate Recovery, officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsboro.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the church.

Mr. Leible was born on Feb. 25, 1997, in Springfield, the son of Mark and Kim (Kutemeier) Leible of Hillsboro, and they survive.  A lifelong Hillsboro resident, he graduated from Hillsboro High School with the class of 2015 and attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.  He worked at Amazon and McDonald’s.

He was a member of the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, Celebrate Recovery at the Hillsboro Free Methodist Church, and worked with Cross Over Ministry.  He loved all sports–especially anything that included a ball–as well as fishing and outdoor activities.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother and sister, Andrew Leible and Cate Leible; paternal grandparents George and Reonna Leible of Hillsboro; maternal grandparents Donald and Brenda Edwards of Hillsboro, and Roger and Janet Kutemeier of Litchfield; aunts and uncles, Andrea (husband Alan) Pretnar of Taylor Springs, Ron (wife Julie) Leible of St. Louis, MO, Jamie (husband Bryce) Dee of Iowa, Rod (wife Amy) Kutemeier of Winter Garden, FL, Cliff (wife Amy) Edwards of Springfield, Wade Edwards of Hillsboro, Lea Ann (husband Brian) Talley of Hillsboro, and special great uncle and aunt Jim and Char Modla of Hillsboro; cousins, Valarie Kutemeier, Sabrina Kutemeier, Nick Pretnar, Maria Goad, Clara Dee, A.J. Dee, Chandler Talley, Anna Talley, Vaughn Edwards, Eden Edwards, Tom Edwards and Allison Maass.

Memorials may be given to Celebrate Recovery in care of the Hillsboro Free Methodist Church, the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, or Cross Over Ministry.  Send condolences online to