After battling heart complications for over 35 years, Robert Dale Leas, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:38 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at Ashton Creek Health & Rehab.
Survivors include his daughters, Tammie (Scott) Kessler and Robyn (Jeff) Coverstone, both of Columbia City; stepsons, Skip Speece of Iowa; Sam Speece of North Carolina; and Doug Cowdin of Columbia City; step-daughter, Linda Paulus of Columbia City; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and his cat, Wiley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; four brothers; two sisters; and two great-grandchildren.
A gathering of family and friends will be 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the Whitley County Korean War Veteran’s Honor Guard. He will be laid to rest beside his wife at South Park Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be given in his memory to Woodlands Senior Center.