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Richard Bruce Leeka


1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Richard Bruce Leeka Obituary
RICHARD BRUCE LEEKA Colonel USAF Retired 3/27/1932 - 08/24/2015 Born March 27, 1932 in Muncie, IN to Forrest and Golda Leeka. He was very fond of his only sibling, Martha Hill, now deceased. After graduating from Muncie Central HS, he attended and graduated with a BA degree from Ball State University and a Commission in the U.S. Air Force. During his years in college, he was a very successful photographer with the Muncie newspaper and had a photograph published in Life magazine. While attending Ball State, he met and courted Kay. After proposing to her they were wed on December 21, 1952 and have been happily married since. Bruce and Kay have 3 children, Marc Leeka of Los Angeles, CA, Andrew Leeka of La Canada, CA and Christine Leeka-Snyder of Sandy, OR. They have 4 grandchildren, Marisa Brown, Justin Leeka, Devon Baber and Ryan Leeka. Also 2 great granddaughters, Sloan Eloise Brown and Phayre Golda Brown, named after Bruce's mother. After completing pilot training, Bruce and Kay were stationed at 17 different bases in the U.S. and overseas. Bruce retired from the Air Force in 1976 as a Command Pilot with over 6,000 hours and 105 Combat Missions. Bruce received many decorations and medals during his career, the highest being the Bronze Star. They initially moved to Riverside in 1971 where he was stationed at March AFB. After retiring, they made Riverside their permanent home in the Canyon Crest area. Bruce had a successful second career in real estate at Sam Armstrong Realty as an Agent and General Manager for over 30 years. Bruce and Kay enjoyed traveling all over the world. They visited a total of 111 countries from the Pyramids in Egypt to the Amazon in South America. Each year they would plan a different destination and sometimes be gone for as long as a month. A graveside service will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery on Tuesday, September 8th at 1:30pm.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Aug. 30, 2015
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