Robert L. "Bob" Leyden
Robert L. “Bob” Leyden, 84, of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. Brian Hargrave of HCI Care Services will officiate. Friends may call from Noon to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. The family will be present to receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. According to his 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. Online condolences may be sent to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.
He was born April 27, 1928, in Douds. He was the son of John Aaron and Bessie Alice (Vanbrogen) Leyden. He attended school in Van Buren County. On Oct. 29, 1984, in Henderson, Ky., married Deloma Alma “Dee” Stutheit.
He entered the United States Army on Oct. 19, 1950, at Ft. Des Moines. He was stationed with the ERC Infantry of the Fifth Army. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on Oct. 10, 1952, at Ft. Custer, Mich. with the following commendations: The Army Occupation Medal (Japan), the Korean Service Medal with one bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge and the United Nations Service Medal.
He returned to the United States where he was a self-employed carpenter, primarily as a drywall 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. Since 1982, he was a square dance caller and a member of the Square Dance Callers Association. 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.
He is survived by his wife Dee of Mt. Pleasant.; two daughters, Kristi Leyden of Indianapolis, Ind., and Pamela Leyden of Ft. Worth, Texas; a step-son, Gary Goos of Burlington; a step-daughter, Connie Goos of Lincoln, Neb.; four sisters, Anne Jambie of Des Moines; Patricia (Carl) Messer of Stockport, Dorothy (Maurice) Garmoe of Mt. Pleasant and Betty Harper of Davenport; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers and four sisters.