Nelson G. Leaman, 89, WWII vet, VFW Honor Guard, married 67 years, retired supervisor

By on May 21, 2014

Nelson G. Leaman, 89, of Columbia, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Luthercare, Lititz, after a brief battle with cancer.

Nelson was born October 18, 1924 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Nelson G. and Johanna Kovarsh Leaman. He was the husband of Elizabeth “Betty” Stoe Leaman with whom he would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on June 26, 2014.

Mr. Leaman was a US Army Combat Veteran serving in the European Theater during WWII. He was a Life Member of Reese-Hall VFW Post 8757, Mountville, where he was a member of its Honor Guard for 40 years and past president of the Honor Guard in 1972 and 1975; he also served as Junior Vice-Commander for the VFW in 1988. He was proud to have stood parade at a Presidential Inauguration. He welcomed the camaraderie as a member of the American Legion, Columbia Elks and Fighting 69th.

Working his way from foreman, he ultimately retired as a supervisor from National Bearings Co., Inc, Lancaster, PA in 1987 after 40 years of employment.

After retirement, Nelson and his wife Betty traveled to most of the United States and enjoyed the Florida sun in the Winter. A lifelong resident of Lancaster County, Nelson looked forward to watching Penn State Football and Phillies Baseball, always ready to give his opinion on the games, effort of the players and coaching decisions. He definitely had his own voice.

Nelson is survived by his wife: Betty; daughter: Janet and her husband Claude Rupp, Jr., Lancaster; daughter-in-law: Judy Leaman, Conestoga; sons: Robert J. Leaman and his wife Katherine, Columbia; Gregory N. Leaman, Columbia; and Andrew E. Leaman and his wife Kimberly, Lancaster. In addition, “Pappy” will be missed by eight grandchildren: Karen Pisano, Melissa Odom, Claudia Rupp, Renee Leaman, Zeth Leaman, Hillorie Leaman, Emily Leaman, Robert Leaman; eight great-grandchildren; and extended family members.

He was predeceased by his son: Donald G. Leaman, U.S.M.C. in 2004; siblings: Robert, Dorothy and Betty; and great-grandchild: Justin.

His memorial service was held May 16 at Workman Funeral Homes, Mountville, with Rev. Dione M. Klepetka officiating. Interment will be on a future date at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675.

To send an online condolence, visit Arrangements by Workman Funeral Homes, Mountville.

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