COLUMBUS, Ga. — Willard Leedy, 96, went to be with The Lord on Thursday June 5, 2014 at the age of 96.
Mr. Leedy was born April 14, 1918, in Jackson, Ohio, the son of Stewart Leedy and Della Umbargar.
He honorably served his country during World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Gallipolis for more than 50 years.
Mr. Leedy took great pride in his church and enjoyed the fellowship shared with a wide circle of friends there. He was a Sunday School leader and a deacon. Mr. Leedy is best remembered as the manager of the local A&P, where he always had a smile and a friendly comment to all who shopped there. He retired from the A&P Tea Co. after 42 years of exemplary customer service.
For the past 7 months, Mr. Leedy has been living and sharing his sense of humor with the residents of Emeritus at Heritage Hills in Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Margaret Juanita Leedy; his brother, Sherman Leedy, and his sister, Virginia Stiffler.
Mr. Leedy is survived by his four daughters, Judith Todd of Antioch, Tenn., Debbra Janes (Bill), of Columbus, Jo Leightner (Dave), of Broomfield, Colo., and Gail Leedy (Mary Ann), of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren Jeff Todd (Rhonda), of Calmar, Iowa, Leslie Todd, of Antioch, Jennifer Todd Kaeding (Jim), of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., John Janes (DeeDee), of Roanoke, Va., Lisa Janes Smithwick (Stephen), of Snellville, Ga., Vonna Eisel of Broomfield, Brittany Eisel of Broomfield, and Jonas Wilson-Leedy (Alexis), of Hummelstown, Pa; great-grandchildren Hunter, Jaron and Braiden Todd, Preston and James Kaeding, Lauren and Emma Janes, Skylar and Winter Smithwick, Vincent and Emma Huss, Elise, Avery, Linus and Isaias Wilson-Leedy.
Mr. Leedy's legacy as a devoted husband, father, friend and Christian will live on. He often credited his long life to his faith, happy marriage, hard work and his beloved family.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at First Baptist Church. The family will receive visitors from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday June 9, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ohio Valley Christian School.
Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.