Nominated as a Friend of Sports, Leary has been president of the Hockey Association, Red Cedar Development and the Rotary Club. He has served on countless civic, fraternal, church, youth, charitable and historical bodies locally, and as a speaker and toastmaster throughout the state. Warren was instrumental in the dedication of “Pug” Lund field, and “Ole” Olsen gymnasium. Following college at Notre Dame and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, he worked as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal. In 1948 he returned to Rice Lake and began a 39-year career with the Chronotype Publishing Company. During this span he wrote over 4,000 editorials and countless stories, many of which pertained to sports. He retired on December 29, 1986.