Morris E. Leffel, 88, of Wapakoneta, OH, died 2:30 a.m., Mon. Feb. 17, 2020, at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. He was born Oct. 8, 1931, the son of Walter & Violet (Truesdale) Leffel, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 26, 1954, he married Juanita J. Richardson, who survives.
Also surviving are
2 children, Lynn (Ted) Rupert, Wapakoneta,
Neil (Cheryl Semer) Leffel, Lima,
a son-in-law, Kel Welch, Wapakoneta,
7 grandchildren, Tonia (Rich) Metz,
Nicole (Brock) Douglas,
Kylie (Eli) Acheson,
K.C. (Jeana) Welch,
10 great grandchildren,
siblings, Joe Leffel, St. Marys,
Tom (Ann) Leffel, New Knoxville,
Carolyn (Roger – deceased) Bambauer, New Knoxville,
Marilyn (James) Lauth, St. Marys,
Linda (Ned – deceased) Niemeyer, New Knoxville,
Sharon (Steve – deceased) Kruse, New Knoxville,
Joyce (Don – deceased; Jim – deceased) Meyer-Raterman , Botkins.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marianne (Kel) Welch; sisters, Quetora (Kenneth – deceased) Stout, Lila (Robert – deceased) Lauth; and a brother, Larry (Sharon) Leffel.
Morris was a carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America, Local #372, and worked for Peterson Construction, Tuttle Construction, Stedke Construction, and Stinebaugh Construction. He was a member of the Buckland United Church of Christ and the American Legion, Post #444, New Knoxville. Morris was an OSU Buckeye fan. He never met a stranger. He enjoyed gardening, mowing the yard, and woodworking; although, his real pride and joy were his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Morris served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Sat. Feb. 22, 2020, at the Eley Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Rt. 501, Pastors Adrian Sunday & Dennis Gaertner officiating. Burial will follow in the Buckland Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the New Knoxville Veterans. The family will receive friends from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., Fri. and 1 hr. prior to the funeral Sat. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Buckland United Church of Christ or the American Legion, Post #444. Condolences may be expressed at www.eleyfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.