Published On: Tue, Mar 4th, 2008

Obituary – H. Gerald Leapley

YORK — H. Gerald Leapley, York, formerly of Belden and Laurel, died Feb. 27, 2008, at York General Hospital, York.
Visitation was March 1 prior to services at the church.
Funeral services were March 1 at United Presbyterian Church, Laurel, with Rev. Stephen Deines officiating.


Pallbearers were Milo Johnson, Charley Thomas, Louis Tolles, Glen Olsen, Wayne Seibert, Harry Knudsen, Tom Fredricksen
Interment was in Belden Cemetery, Belden.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hasemann-Schumacher Funeral Homes, Laurel.
Howard Gerald Leapley was born Oct. 7, 1911, on a farm near Coleridge, to Howard Albert and Nora Faye (Seyl) Leapley. The family moved to Belden to make it easier for Gerald to get to school. Gerald graduated in 1929 and attended National Business Training School, Sioux City, Iowa. Then he worked in the office of International Milling Company, Sioux City, for several years. Returning to Belden, he was engaged in farming until enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps in September 1942. While stationed at Tucson, Ariz., Gerald married Eunice Aldra Schwedhelm Feb. 9, 1944. Gerald was discharged on Jan. 23, 1946, as a Statistical Non Commissioned Officer. After his discharge, they returned to Belden where he was appointed Rural Mail Carrier March 1, 1946. He also carried mail out of the Laurel Post Office from 1962 until his retirement June 30, 1972 with 30 years and seven months service. The couple then moved to Laurel.
Gerald was a member of the Masonic Lodge #248, Eastern Star, Laurel, and was treasurer of the Laurel Senior Citizens Center for 16 years. He had served on the Belden School Board, Belden Volunteer Fire Department, and was a 66-year member of the Belden American Legion. He was also an Elder of the Presbyterian Church.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Eunice; two sons, Roger (Cheryl) Leapley, Mesquite, Nev., and Kevin (Bobbi Janda) Leapley, York; and three grandsons, Alan Leapley, Jason Leapley and Michael Leapley.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Crystal.

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