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John Leaman

September 27, 1932 ~ May 03, 2021

John Leaman age 88 formerly of Millersville, PA, Dayton, Ohio and Vero Beach Florida passed away May 3, 2021 at Indian River Estates in Vero Beach, Florida.  He was born in Lancaster, PA September 27, 1932.  His mother was Hilda Beatrice Wallick and his father John Hall Leaman.  John had one sibling a sister the former Betty June Leaman who is deceased.

His grieving family are as follows.  His wife of 48 years, Carolyn Stone Leaman, His oldest son Donald Milton Leaman who resides in Moraine, Ohio,  step daughter LaRae Leaman and spouse Harry Frisby who reside in West Chester, Ohio.    John’s second son, Bruce Barclay Leaman and wife Sharon Nicole Leaman  have four children, Daniel, Emilee, Kathryn and Nathan thus giving John four grandchildren.  They reside in Spotsylvania, Virginia.

John was a graduate of Millersville High School where he was consistently on the honor roll, played saxophone and clarinet in their bands while working many hours on a nearby farm. He was once called on to fill in with Gene Krupa’s band performing in Hershey, PA.   He then attended Penn State University for five years always on the Dean’s List.  During summer breaks he worked in Lancaster, PA at Armstrong, plus additional truck driving for a local farm.   John’s master’s thesis was “Statistical techniques for Classifying Foundry Sands”.  This was published in the Penn State Library and presented in the 1956 annual National Foundrymen’s Convention in Atlantic City and their annual yearbook 57 years later his thesis was still there.  After graduation he went to work for Lebanon Steel Foundry.  A few years later John moved to Ohio and began work with Wright Patterson Airforce Base near Dayton, Ohio where he had an illustrious career.  He remained there for nearly forty years where he advanced to Deputy Director of Air Force Logistics and later Deputy Director of Communications and Computers.

The last twenty-five years of his life John and his wife lived in Vero Beach Florida twenty of which were spent on North Hutchinson Island at Ocean Resorts Co-op.  where they had many happy years playing tennis, socializing with friends, and volunteering at the Co-op.   John served as president of their Board of Directors for 4 years and several years later he was their Treasurer.  In their later years, the Leamans moved to an ACTS Community for retired seniors called Indian River Estates where he enjoyed playing tennis with his new friends and building many intricate models of ships, cars, paddle boats and the Conestoga Wagon for his remaining four years of life.  He will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Vero Beach and the nurses and aids at Willow Brook Court of Indian River Estates for their efforts in making John’s final days as pain free and comfortable as possible. If desired friends may make memorial contributions to the Salvation Army.


David Bower

May 9, 2021, 11:51 am

To Carolyn and my cousins, Bon and Bruce: Please accept my condolences. When I was a little kid, my Uncle Johnny was there for me when it mattered most. Even though life and time and the distances that came, I have never forgotten my Uncle John. Thanks for a big part of my childhood , the trips in the VW bus, all of it we shared then. Those times are always with me.

Charles F Mervis

May 9, 2021, 6:08 pm

Carolyn, Marge and I were saddened to learn of John’s passing. We pray the Lord grants you comfort and peace during this trying time. Our love and condolences to the family as well.
With love, Marge & Chuck

Lori K. McCord Cauler

May 15, 2021, 1:14 pm

Dear Carolyn and family. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. My deepest condolences to you Carolyn and family. John and I had connected through as we both shared our family trees. I also had the pleasure of talking with John, for the first time, as we both shared details of family and hobbies. John’s father John H. Leaman was a brother to my grandmother Alta H. Leaman.


Lori K. McCord Cauler

Anne Jessup

May 17, 2021, 4:14 pm

Carolyn..I didn’t know about sorry to hear.
My condolences to you.
Love Anne

Kay Liles

May 20, 2021, 11:55 pm

My dear Carolyn,
You are in my thoughts and prayers since I learned of your huge loss of John. What a sweet and caring man.
He was so kind and respectful of you and others which really makes a person valuable. Of course, John was so much fun on the tennis court and gentleman enough to calm that killer serve of his so I could return it. I liked him to use it though when we were partners in mixed doubles at Linville Land Harbor. I sure miss you and I in our great Fri. Tennis game, too. Let’s please stay in touch. Love, Kay Liles

Kay Liles

May 21, 2021, 12:17 am

My dear Carolyn,
I am so sad for you after learning of the huge loss your sweet John. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers for real peace and comfort as you face this anew each day. I’m asking for God’s peace and comfort for you. It will help you that all the previous memories flood your mind and the harder ones tend to fade.
I remember fondly how kind and respectful John always was of you and others and that makes a person valuable. I always appreciated John backing off his amazing serve when playing against John in mixed doubles tennis matches so I could return it but how glad I was when he’d use it when I’d be his partner.
You will be flooded with precious memories while the more difficult times will begin to fade. Please let’s stay in touch. With much love, Kay Liles

Edward Cox

May 22, 2021, 11:39 am

John was my “Best Bud,” in tennis, Bridge and home repairs.
I always looked forward to spending time with him during my summer vacations in Land Harbor, NC.

He taught me a lot about friendship and helping others.

He was an amazing man.

Stanley & Verna (Gerlach) Weidman

May 22, 2021, 6:30 pm

To the family of John Leaman we were saddened to read in our local paper of John’s passing. We were classmates of John in the class of 1950 and also played in the band together. Stanley played trombone and I played Clarinet. We shared many practices, concerts, parades etc in the band. We extend our deepest sympathy to all.

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