Elmer Kinsey Leeper Jr.

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Elmer Kinsey Leeper Jr. 1941-2015
Age 74, of Uhrichsville, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic of pancreatic cancer. Born July 7, 1941 in Akron, he was the eldest child of Elmer K. Leeper Sr. and Dorothy Iris Decker Leeper Kerschbaumer. Elmer graduated from Uhrichsville HS in 1959, and the State Highway Patrol Academy in 1970.
He proudly spent three years in the Navy. Then went on to work as a machinist at Urden, Buckeye Machine and Warner & Swasey. Elmer's career in law enforcement began at Dover Police Department in the 1960's. He went on to serve with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department, Kent State University Police Department, later retiring from the Newcomerstown Police Department. Elmer was a founding member of the Broken Spokes Motorcycle Club, a longtime member of the Uhrichsville Eagles, a life member of the Uhrichsville Moose Lodge, and an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police Portage County Lodge 70. An avid outdoorsman, Elmer enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting and spending time at his cabin in West Virginia.
Elmer married "the love of my life", Helen Smith Leeper in 1976. A loving father and grandfather, he will be missed by his daughter, Ramona (Lance) Pickard; sons, Elmer K. (Leslynne) Leeper III, Louis Leeper; siblings, Gary (Mary) Leeper, Larry Leeper, Dorothy (Earl) Tinney; grandchildren, Neil Finlayson, Lorenzo, Katelynn, and Rochelle Leeper, Seth, Cole, and Luke Rhodes. He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer K. Leeper, Sr., step father, Louis L. Kerschbaumer, and sister-in-law, Linda Leeper.
In keeping with Elmer's wishes, there will be no calling hours. His ashes will be interred during a graveside service for family at Ridgecrest Memory Gardens. A Celebration of Elmer's life will take place at a later date at the Dennison First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice, PO Box 931517, Cleveland OH 44193-1655 or the Hospice of your choice.
Published in The Times Reporter on Sept. 22, 2015