Charles E. “Chuck” Leeka, 86, Wabash, died at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Wellbrooke of Wabash. He was born Dec. 1, 1929, in Terre Haute, to Hugh P. and Mary Ester (Weston) Leeka.
Chuck first married Nancy J. (Latchem) Lutz in Angola, on May 11, 1956; she died Dec. 18, 1999. He then married Janet (Kennedy) Conner at Warvel Park in North Manchester on June 27, 2004. Chuck served in the United States Navy, and was an owner/agent for State Farm Insurance in Wabash. He attended the First United Methodist Church, Wabash, and was a member of the Wabash Elks Lodge. He enjoyed working sudoku puzzels and word jumbles, and reading.
He is survived by his wife: Janet Leeka, Wabash; stepdaughter-in-law: Jane Lutz, Wabash; four stepchildren: Steve (Deb) Conner, Urbana; Larry (Brenda) Conner, Wabash; Susan (Mike) Jennings, Huntington; and Beth (Randy) Hayslett, Wabash; sister: Frances Kruger, Henderson, Nev.; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents; stepson: Paul W. “Pat” Lutz; five brothers; and two sisters.
A celebration of Chuck’s life will be 10:30 am Thursday, July 21, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with Pastor Kurt Freeman officiating. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is Wabash First United Methodist Church.