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William Edwin Leas
Anzella Gudgeon
Ephraim Noggle
Catherine Jane Henderson
Richard Hayes Leas
Rosa Mae Noggle

Edwin Ephraim Leas


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1. Mary Josephine "Mary Jo" Shelly

Edwin Ephraim Leas 1 2

  • Born: 18 Apr 1915, Fort Jefferson, Neave Township, Darke County, Ohio, USA
  • Marriage (1): Mary Josephine "Mary Jo" Shelly on 27 Jun 1936
  • Died: 9 Jan 1998, Darke County, Ohio, USA at age 82
  • Buried: Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado

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Edwin E. Leas Sr.
Edwin E. Leas Sr., 82, formerly of Monroe Central Road, West Manchester, died Friday, Jan. 9, at The Brethren's Home in Greenville.

Born April 18, 1915, in Darke County, he was the son of the late Richard Hayes and Rosa Mae (Noggle) Leas. He retired in 1981 after 24 years as custodian at the C.R. Coblentz School District. He was previously employed by International Harvester for 25 years until the plant moved from Richmond, Ind., in the 1950s.

Mr. Leas had been a member of Price's Creek Church of the Brethren since 1948, and had held many offices, including deacon, during his membership. He was a member of the Preble County Historical Society; a member of Preble's Little Turtles camping club since 1972, and the club's chaplain from 1972 to 1994. He was also a member of the Slowdowners Camping Club; and a member of the Darke County Ostomy Club.

He served as a 4-H leader for 10 years; was a member of the Senior Citizens' Participants Council for 10 years; Triple L Senior Citizens Club; Preble County Coalition for the Elderly; and Farm Bureau Council #3.

In 1984, he and his wife were chosen Outstanding Seniors of the Year, and the same year, he was also the Senior Citizens' Pork Festival King.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo (Shelley) Leas, whom he married June 27, 1936; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Bill Jones of New Paris, Joellen and Lou Driggs of Eaton; one son and daughter-in-law, Edwin Jr. and Fanny Leas of Eaton; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Verna Leas of Richmond, Ind.; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Roy Leas, Guy Leas, Herman Leas, Richard Leas and Eugene Leas; and two sisters, Wealtha Marker and Kathryn Miller.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Girton-Schmidt-Boucher Michael Chapel, West Manchester, with the Rev. David D. Shetler officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado.

Memorial contributions may be made to Price's Creek Church of the Brethren.


Edwin married Mary Josephine "Mary Jo" Shelly, daughter of Joseph Shelly and Ada Shaeffer, on 27 Jun 1936. (Mary Josephine "Mary Jo" Shelly was born on 23 Jun 1918 in Darke County, Ohio, USA,3 died on 1 Feb 2004 in Greenbrier Nursing Center, Eaton, Lorain County, Ohio, USA and was buried in Monroe Cemetery, Eldorado.)



1 Notes from David A. Leas and/or the 1950 Leas Family Genealogy.

2 Kathryn Elizabeth (Leas) Stuart.

3 David Dale Leas (

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