Robert L. “Bob” Leyden, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 01, 2013 at his residence.
A memorial funeral service for Bob Leyden will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. Chaplain Brian Hargrave of HCI Care Services will officiate. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 9:00 PM on Thursday at the funeral home. The family will be present to receive friends from 5-7 PM Thursday evening. According to Mr. Leyden’s wishes, his body has been cremated. Friends are invited to bring a covered dish to share at a meal to be held at the Fellowship Cup in Mt. Pleasant following the memorial service.
Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to HCI Care Services. On Line condolences may be sent to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com
Robert LeRoy Leyden was born April 27, 1928 in Douds, IA. He was the son of John Aaron and Bessie Alice (Vangrodgen) Leyden. He attended school in Van Buren County. On October 29, 1984 in Henderson, KY, Bob was united in marriage to Deloma Alma “Dee” Stutheit.
After his school years, Bob was called to the service of his country. He entered the United States Army on October 19, 1950 at Ft. Des Moines, IA. He was stationed with the ERC Infantry of the Fifth Army. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on October 10, 1952 at Ft. Custer, Michigan with the following commendations: The Army Occupation Medal (Japan), the Korean Service Medal with 1 bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge and the United Nations Service Medal.
Bob returned to the United States where for all of his working life, he was a self-employed carpenter, primarily as a dry wall taper and finisher. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge of Mt. Pleasant and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2561 of Mt. Pleasant. Square dancing was a large part of Bob’s life. Since 1982, he was a square dance caller and a member of the Square Dance Callers Association. He called his last square dance on January 19, 2013. Prior to his calling days, he enjoyed square dancing. He taught square dance lesions at the former Mt. Pleasant Senior Center and other locations as well. He enjoyed swimming at the Rec Center. In earlier years, he liked to ride dirt bikes and snowmobiles. Bob was also gifted in his ability to refinish antique furniture.
Those thankful for sharing in Bob’s life include his wife Dee of Mt. Pleasant.; 2 daughters – Kristi Leyden of Indianapolis, IN and Pamela Leyden of Fort Worth, TX; a step son, Gary Goos of Burlington, IA; a step daughter, Connie Goos of Lincoln, NE; 4 sisters, Anne Jambie of Des Moines, IA, Patricia Messer and her husband Carl of Stockport, IA, Dorothy Garmoe and her husband Morris of Mt. Pleasant and Betty Harper of Davenport; 5 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson.
His parents, 7 brothers and 4 sisters precede Bob in death.