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In Memory of

Jerry Edward Leach

November 23, 1941 - December 9, 2015

Obituary


"...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."

In the early morning hours on December 9, 2015, Jerry Edward Leach, 74, crossed the "finish line" surrounded by his adoring family in the home of his daughter. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Maxine (Boatright) Leach, and his granddaughter, Madison Laree Ostertag. Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlene, by his son Dr. David Leach of Moscow, Idaho, his daughter...

"...let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."

In the early morning hours on December 9, 2015, Jerry Edward Leach, 74, crossed the "finish line" surrounded by his adoring family in the home of his daughter. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Maxine (Boatright) Leach, and his granddaughter, Madison Laree Ostertag. Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlene, by his son Dr. David Leach of Moscow, Idaho, his daughter Amy Ostertag of Oro Valley, Arizona, and by his brother Clifford Leach of Elkhorn, Nebraska. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Bethany, Michael, Nathan, Bradley, Tyler, Adam, Eric, Jack and Ben. Most of his family (including his son-in-law Lee, his daughter-in-law Ann and his granddaughter's husband, Matt,) had the privilege of being with him during his final hours.

Jerry was raised in Omaha, Nebraska with his younger brother, Cliff. His father worked for the Omaha Transit Company and his mother owned a neighborhood hair salon, Maxine's Beauty Salon. Jerry was an industrious newspaper boy with a reputation of strong work ethic and one of the largest routes in his area. Following high school, he enlisted in the Navy where he became a corpsman that sparked a lifetime interest in medicine. Once out of the Navy, Jerry was a first generation college graduate and eventually worked as a surgical scrub tech during the week and in church ministry during the evenings and weekends. Later in life he attended seminary, earning his Masters of Divinity degree and becoming a pastoral marriage and family counselor.

Jerry was a devoted Christian man -- devoted first to the Lord whom he dearly loved and then to his family as a husband, father and grandfather. As a husband, Jerry was quite the romanticist and would leave love notes for Charlene to find in unexpected places. As father, he was an affectionate encourager, embracing his children with unconditional love and challenging them to dream big. As grandfather, he loved to enter the world of imagination with his grandchildren when they were young. You might find him on the living room floor playing the role of the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk or having a wrestling match with his grandsons piled on top of him. They especially liked to arm wrestle with Grandpa because for some strange reason the grandsons always seemed to win, no matter how small their little arms were! (When they got older and their strength matched his, it was their turn to let Grandpa win a match every now and then.)

There will be no formal memorial service. The family believes that Jerry Edward Leach leaves behind an enduring legacy of love for his family and friends to remember always! Memorial gifts may be given to the Galilean Children's Home, PO Box 880, Liberty, KY 42539-0880.