Jerry J. Leiter, 71, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, June 23, while at home.
He was born Sept. 10, 1950, in Warsaw, to Cloyce and Dorothy (Pernesky) Leiter. He married Beverly Rassi on Jan. 16, 1970; she survives.
He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1969 and entered the United States Army serving in Vietnam. After his Honorable discharge, he entered into the work force and was employed with Zimmer, where he would eventually retire from, and was also a Corrections Officer for a few years in Elkhart County. He was a member of the VFW Post 1126 in Warsaw, American Legion Post 226 in Milford, Milford First Brethren Church and the Wawasee Gideons. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his Harley Davidson, woodworking and spending the winter months in Arizona with family.
He was a great father. He loved spending time with them and was one of their biggest supporters. He was a loving, caring husband, father and grandfather.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years: Bev; three children: Andrew (Colista) Leiter, Indianapolis; Christopher (Carmen) Leiter, Leesburg; and Jeremy (Susan) Leiter, Queen Creek, Ariz.; and six grandchildren: Zachary, Austin, Caleb, Jordan, Connor and Carlos.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Cloyce and Dorothy; and a brother: Paul Leiter.
A funeral service celebrating Jerry’s life will be held at noon Monday, June 27, at Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 461 W. 900N, Milford. Pastor Lee Compson is officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Milford Cemetery immediately following the service with military honors rendered by the American Legion Post 226.
Memorial donations in Jerry’s honor may be given to the Wawasee Gideons or The Milford First Brethren Church.
Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Milford, is handling arrangements.