NEW OXFORD - Roy Edward Leader, 90, died peacefully Sunday morning, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Brethren Home Community at Cross Keys Village, New Oxford.
He was born April 27, 1922, in Sunbury, the only child of the late Roy and Grace (Garreau) Leader.
Mr. Leader earned his BA from Susquehanna University and a Masters Degree in Sciences at Bucknell University. During World War II he served in the Army as a medical technician in the Burma China Offensive. Roy was a highly respected science and math teacher at East Juniata High School for 33 years, where he was a sponsor for school clubs such as leather tooling and ham radio. He was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church where he was a lay pastor. He participated in various organizations including the McAlisterville volunteer ambulance service.
Roy Edward Leader
Roy will be remembered by those who knew him as an exceptional human being with a zest for life and an exemplary character who always looked for ways to help others. He was a lifelong learner who had many interests including being a professional carpenter, custom clock maker making over 60 grandfather and mantle clocks, and a model railroad enthusiast. He was a versatile musician playing the guitar, mandolin and ukulele, and he also enjoyed being actively involved in sports playing ping pong, tennis, golf, gymnastics, swimming, and more.
Roy was a humble man whose love for God, family, and country was evident. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
He is survived by: his wife, Betty Jean (Schreffler) Leader, to whom he was married to for 66 years; his three daughters, Linda Parker, Carol Ross, Sharon Brandt and her husband, Arlen; two grandchildren, Michael Brandt and Jennifer Perkins; and two great-grandchildren, Ashton and Caroline Perkins.
Roy is at rest awaiting the second coming of Jesus. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Monahan Funeral Home, 125 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, with Pastor David Woodruff officiating.
Burial with full military honors will be in the Sunnyside Cemetery, York Springs. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. until the time of the service, Wednesday, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.monahanfh.com.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Adams County SPCA, 11 Goldenville Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.