OBITUARY

John P. Leeper

November 18, 1939March 27, 2021
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John Phillip Leeper, 81 passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021. Born on November 18, 1939 in Fort Wayne. He was the oldest of 6 children born to the late Joe Leeper and Bertha Freeburn. John was a member of Suburban Bethlehem and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. He served on many boards including GCSAA, MTRF and the Hoosier Turf Grass Association. He loved golf and had many amateur wins in his career including the 1975 Fort Wayne Men’s City Golf Championship. He was a former owner/ partner in Cedar Creek Golf Course and Havenhurst (Whispering Creek) Golf Course. He was a former owner of Leeper’s Lawn Service, golf course superintendent and club manager of Orchard Ridge Country Club, Brookwood Golf Course Superintendent, and club manager of Springfield Country Club. He went to Scotland In 1979 to represent the GCSAA and their team finished first. He also loved the outdoors, gardening, and his grandkids. John is survived by his children, Chris (Amy) Leeper, Tina (Doug) Roussey, Cory (Maria) Leeper all of Fort Wayne, and Tracy Leeper of Tampa, Florida; 12 grandchildren; and siblings, Tom (Judy) Leeper, Don (Brenda) Leeper, Connie (Frank) Montes, Rose (Dan) Dickerhoof, and Jerry (Sandy) Leeper. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Velma. A Memorial service will be held at 1pm on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals 6810 Old Trail Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809, with visitation from 10-1pm. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 12, 2021

  • Final Resting

    Monday, April 12, 2021

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Jim Spuller

April 11, 2021

John was a class act who without question loved his family. Like Dan Hallenback I go all the way back to 1975 at ORCC where John’s influence first began, I’m so happy we were able to play golf again in 2019. RIP dear friend

dan hallenbeck

April 9, 2021

I met John when I was an assistant golf pro at the Ridge in 1974 and we became fast friends. So glad that I was able to play so many rounds of golf with him in his later years. Such a gentleman, loving father and grandfather. He was one of the most influential men in my life, and I am saddened that I did not get to spend much time with him since I moved to the Cincinnati area a decade ago. RIP.

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