Vernon E. Leach
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Vernon E. Leach, 97, passed on March 17, 2014. Services at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines include: Visitation March 23 from 4 - 6 pm, Vigil Service at 6, and Mass of the Resurrection on March 24 at 10:30 am.
Vern was born in Ackley, IA on July 9, 1916 to Durward and Mary Ann (Keough) Leach. He graduated from Ackley High School and Drake University. He married Betty Gene (Davis) Leach on Oct. 2, 1939.
Vern served in the US Navy in WWII. He was employed by his uncle's business, Alonzo Leach Musical Instruments, and later by the IRS, retiring in 1978.
Vern was an active member of Holy Trinity serving as a lector and member of the funeral choir. He also was active at St. Mary of Nazareth. He participated in Journey of Faith and Renew faith groups. Vern was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Serra Club and VFW Post 9127.
At the age of 89 he shot an 88, an accomplishment memorialized with a brick at the World Golf Hall of Fame. Listening to music with friends was a favorite pastime.
His loving wife Betty Gene preceded him in death in August 2008. He is survived by four children: Sister Maureen Leach, OSF of San Antonio, TX; Dennis V. Leach (Alice) of Jacksonville Beach, FL; Rev. Gregory Leach of Des Moines; and; Colleen Theobald of Kenosha, WI; grandson, Blake Shepherd (Carol) and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth; granddaughter Amy Ashton (Edward) and great-grandsons, Hunter and Connor; grandson, Patrick Theobald; grandson, Michael Theobald (Traci) and great-granddaughter, Kaeden.
Vern's favorite places to donate were: Sisters of St. Francis (Dubuque); Holy Trinity; St. Mary of Nazareth; or Mercy Hospice.
The family thanks Mercy Hospice and the many volunteers for their care, compassion, support, and love.
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 20 to Mar. 23, 2014