OTTUMWA — Marvin Dale Leasure, 88, of 9161 170th Ave. died at 1:01 a.m. February 16, 2014 at his home with his family at his bedside.
He was born October 15, 1925 in Altoona, IA to Ernest and Burl Brightwell Leasure. He married Amber Garside on June 26, 1981.
A graduate of Eldon High School, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-48. He was trained at Camp Scott in Idaho, was stationed in South Pacific during W.W. II, then stationed in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. In 1945 he was in the front row where Bob Hope performed for the troops at Lubron Point.
He worked for Rinderknecht Construction, Rock Island Railroad in Eldon and Teeter’s Painting. In 1952 he went to work for John Morrell & Co. for 20 years. He then attended IHCC to become a machine operator. In 1974 he worked for John Morrell & Co. for 20 years. He then attended IHCC to become a machine operator. In 1974 he worked for John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring in 1985. He then worked at Baker’s Music and South HyVee.
He was a member of Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars, O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #114 where he was a member of the drill team which performed at state competitions and were state champions for several years. They also performed for President Eisenhower. In 1973 he received the Life Saving Award at the State Fair from Governor Robert D. Ray.
He enjoyed working in the garden, bowling, going to Aksarben to watch the horse races and Bluffs Run to watch the dog races. He loved to pheasant hunt, deer hunt, squirrel and mushroom hunt. His pastime was to watch the OHS Girls Softball games.
Surviving is his wife, Amber; a son, Andrew Leasure of Ottumwa; a grandson, Jace Leasure; two brothers, Rev. Howard (Frances) Leasure of Princeton, MO and Ralph (Barbara) Leasure of Ottumwa; two sisters, Dorothy (Sonny) Schneider of Littleton, CO and Geri (Guy) Moore of Burleson, TX and a good friend, Jack Miletich, who was his hunting buddy.
He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Leasure; a brother, Robert Leasure and a sister Geverna Greene.
His body has been cremated.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. Mel Kendall officiating.
Military services will be conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 of the American Legion.
Memorials may be made to OHS Girls Softball or Ottumwa Shriners.