JOHN PHILLIP LEEPER, 81, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021. Born Nov. 18, 1939, in Fort Wayne, he was the oldest of six children and a son of the late Joe Leeper and Bertha Freeburn. John was a member of Suburban Bethlehem and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. He served on many boards including GCSAA, MTRF and the Hoosier Turf Grass Association. He loved golf and had many amateur wins in his career including the 1975 Fort Wayne Men's City Golf Championship. He was a former owner / partner in Cedar Creek Golf Course and Havenhurst (Whispering Creek) Golf Course. He was a former owner of Leeper's Lawn Service, golf course superintendent and club manager of Orchard Ridge Country Club, Brookwood Golf Course Superintendent, and club manager of Springfield Country Club. He went to Scotland, in 1979, to represent the GCSAA and their team finished first. He also loved the outdoors, gardening, and his grandkids. John is survived by his children, Chris (Amy) Leeper, Tina (Doug) Roussey and Cory (Maria) Leeper, all of Fort Wayne, and Tracy Leeper of Tampa, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and siblings, Tom (Judy) Leeper, Don (Brenda) Leeper, Connie (Frank) Montes, Rose (Dan) Dickerhoof, and Jerry (Sandy) Leeper. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Velma. Memorial service is 1 p.m. Monday, April 12, 2021, at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne (IN 46809), with visitation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association
. Condolences may be left online at www.elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com
Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 8, 2021.