BELLEVILLE — Ability without dependability has no value. Gene Leedy was a dependable man. It was his great sense of dependability that gave Gene Leedy his worth. He was a man committed to his family and dependably served his country, church and community.
Gene went to be with the Lord Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, from Hospice of North Central Ohio in Ashland. He was 89.
Born Leonard Eugene Leedy, Feb. 13, 1923, in Butler to Leonard Dell and Florence (Kunkle) Leedy, he was graduated from Bellville High School in 1940. Gene attended Manhattan College in New York, where he studied mechanical engineering, and left college to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. Stationed in London, he served as a cryptographic technician, and was moved to Berlin after the fall of the German army. Gene returned after the war to marry his high school sweetheart, Geraldine Clever on Jan. 11, 1947. They remained lifelong Bellville area residents.
Gene dependably served the Tappan Company 44 years, first as a line worker, then piece work and electronic work; he did just a little bit of everything for the appliance manufacturer.
A dependable member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, he formerly served the church as youth group leader and usher. Constantly busy, Gene enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was active with his card club for nearly 60 years, and enjoyed an evening playing pinochle, poker or euchre whenever and wherever he could.
Gene will be remembered for his constant love and dependable support of his family that includes his wife, Geraldine “Gerri” (Clever) Leedy; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Laurie Leedy of Bellville; a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Al Szymanski of Medina; grandchildren, Lane Leedy of Bellville; Allyson Leedy of Galion; Ryan Leedy of Bellville; Lauren Szymanski of Chicago; Philip Szymanski of Columbus; and Bethany Szymanski of Kent; a sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Clyde Bowman of Bellville; and a brother-in-law, Lloyd Hall of Bellville.
The Leedy family will receive friends Tuesday, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bellville, with Pastor Doug Pretorius officiating. Burial will follow in Owl Creek Cemetery, Ankenytown, where American Legion Post 535 will hold graveside military honors.
Contributions in his memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Butler Nutrition Program or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.
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