LLOYD CHARLES LEEMIS, 94
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WINTER HAVEN - Mr. Lloyd Charles Leemis was born in Minneapolis on October 7, 1918 to Bruno Charles and Margaret May (Hughes) Leemis. He passed away quietly at home on March 15 in Winter Haven, Florida, of old age.
He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Law with the degrees BSL and JD. From 1942 to 1949 he served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After he left the FBI, he practiced law in Jacksonville, Florida until the mid-1980s.
He married his first wife, Mary Burner Leemis, in 1947 and together they raised four children, Roger, Carol, Ralph & Scott. Mary passed away suddenly in 1989.
He played a role in the bitter 1950 campaign for the US Senate, when George Smathers unseated incumbent Senator Claude Pepper. He authored "The Red Record of Senator Claude Pepper," a methodical compilation of the incumbent Senator's longstanding affiliations with the extreme left wing of the Democratic Party as well as Communist front organizations and fellow travelers.
He was active for many years in civic affairs in Jacksonville, serving as President of the Crime Commission of Greater Jacksonville. In the early 1960s, he became involved with the Delius Society of London, England, established to promote the music of Frederick Delius, the early 20th century English composer. He was the President of the Delius Society of Florida and an Honorary Life Member.
A long-time member of Southside Methodist Church in Jacksonville, he was at one time Chairman of the Official Board. Active with Florida Methodists for Methodism, he was President of that body as well.
In 1991 he married Barbara Cross Guess (the widow of Rev. William Guess) and moved to Winter Haven. He is survived by his loving wife of over 22 years, Barbara; eight adult children and their spouses: Roger (Terran) Leemis of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Carol Bryant of Jacksonville, Florida; Ralph (Jeni) Leemis of Altamonte Springs, Florida; Scott (Michelle) Leemis of Jacksonville, Florida; Jeanette (Stephen) Baker of Winter Haven, Florida; Joy (Raymond) Archer of Cashiers, NC; Judy (Scott) Chaffin of Daphne, Alabama; and Jo Jones of Charleston, SC.
Also survived by grandchildren: Jennifer Leemis, Rachel Elizabeth Leemis (Jon Grabowski), Justin Leemis, Rebecca Leemis, Rachel Danielle Leemis, Nathan Leemis, William (Jennifer) Baker, Connie (Seth) Baker, C.K. Baker, Henry Baker, Taylor (Jennifer) Chaffin, Sarah (Daniel) Brooks, Robby Archer, Joel Jones, John Holland Jones and Julia Jones, as well as five great-grandchildren: Jonah Leemis, Madison Chaffin, Phoebe Grace & Stephen Jackson Baker and June Helen Jones.
He also is survived by his sister-in-law Margaret Leemhuis, of Minneapolis (his elder brother, Andrew J. Leemhuis, MD, having passed away in September, 2012); his younger brother Arthur H. (Ivah) Leemis, of La Grange, Illinois and Pompano Beach, Florida; and brother-in-law Kenneth (Daphine) Cross of Chiefland, Florida; all of his first wife's siblings predeceased him. Also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, March 18, 2013 at Crisp-Coon Funeral Chapel, Winter Haven with visitation prior to the service from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M. Interment will take place in Rolling Hills Cemetery in Winter Haven.
Arrangements by Crisp-Coon Funeral Home. Memorial tributes suggested to Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Florida.
Published in Ledger from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2013