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Mattox-Wood Funeral Home

4660 Lafayette Avenue, Terre Haute, IN

OBITUARY

Jerry "Biggie" Earl Leitgabel

January 31, 1937February 22, 2020
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Jerry Earl “Biggie” Leitgabel, 83, of Rosedale, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 31, 1937, in Terre Haute to Earl and Josephine (Stultz) Leitgabel. He married Elizabeth Ione Mattox in May of 1957.

Jerry is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Ione Leitgabel of Rosedale; sons, Bob Leitgabel and wife Patti of Greensburg, Don Leitgabel of Terre Haute, and Jim Leitgabel and wife Anita of Terre Haute; a sister, Joy Johnstone of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald Leitgabel.

Jerry was a graduate of Fontanet High School and Ivy Tech Community College. He worked for many years as a supervisor at Hercules. Later, he ran the Rosedale Water and Sewage Treatment Facility and the West Terre Haute Sewage Treatment Facility.

An avid sports fan, Jerry loved to watch the Cubs, Bears, and Pacers. He coached baseball for many years for Rosedale Little League, North Terre Haute Little League All Star Teams, Connie Mack Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball. Jerry also raised and traded rabbits and pheasants. He loved to garden and had the one of the biggest gardens in Rosedale. Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with family and friends, especially his sons and grandchildren. He will be truly missed.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 27 at the funeral home with Rev. Bob Leitgabel officiating. Jerry will be laid to rest in Rosedale Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mattoxwood.com

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Funeral Ceremony Thursday, February 27, 2020

Memories

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Cindy Wilguess

February 27, 2020

It was truly a pleasure for Mark and I to know Biggie all these years. We met him while working with him, Bob and Peach nearly 40 years ago. He was a good man with a big personality who loved his family and friends. The funeral home was absolutely packed last night and gave us the opportunity to reconnect and catch up with past co-workers and friends. It was an awesome display of respect and love for a good man and support for a good family. A life well lived. Rest in Peace.

Sam Swaim

February 26, 2020

When I was the Rosedale Town Attorney I attended several meetings with Jerry and worked on a couple of projects with him. I was always impressed with his professionalism and calm demeanor. I am sorry for his family's loss.

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Biography

Jerry Earl “Biggie” Leitgabel, 83, of Rosedale, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 31, 1937, in Terre Haute to Earl and Josephine (Stultz) Leitgabel. He married Elizabeth Ione Mattox in May of 1957.

Jerry is survived by his wife of nearly 63 years, Ione Leitgabel of Rosedale; sons, Bob Leitgabel and wife Patti of Greensburg, Don Leitgabel of Terre Haute, and Jim Leitgabel and wife Anita of Terre Haute; a sister, Joy Johnstone of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronald Leitgabel.

Jerry was a graduate of Fontanet High School and Ivy Tech Community College. He worked for many years as a supervisor at Hercules. Later, he ran the Rosedale Water and Sewage Treatment Facility and the West Terre Haute Sewage Treatment Facility.

An avid sports fan, Jerry loved to watch the Cubs, Bears, and Pacers. He coached baseball for many years for Rosedale Little League, North Terre Haute Little League All Star Teams, Connie Mack Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball. Jerry also raised and traded rabbits and pheasants. He loved to garden and had the one of the biggest gardens in Rosedale. Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with family and friends, especially his sons and grandchildren. He will be truly missed.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 27 at the funeral home with Rev. Bob Leitgabel officiating. Jerry will be laid to rest in Rosedale Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mattoxwood.com