Archive for Tuesday, February 2, 1993


February 2, 1993


— Services for William Crandall Leech, 77, Oskaloosa, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Gerald R. Voie officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa.

Mr. Leech died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1993, at a Topeka hospital. He was born July 24, 1915, in Oskaloosa, the son of Amos Herman and Edna Irene Kendall Leech.

He attended Oskaloosa public schools and was salutatorian of his high school graduating class. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1937 and a master's degree in 1939 from Kansas University. While in graduate school, Mr. Leech taught music, history and government at Perry High School for two years.

He supervised elementary music in the Lawrence public schools from 1939 to 1941.

He served in the Army from 1942 to 1946, reaching the rank of captain. In World War II, he served in an anti-aircraft unit in the 9th Army in Europe. His unit landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France, in July 1945.

Mr. Leech graduated from law school in 1949 from Columbia University in New York, and he worked a short time for a New York law firm before returning to Kansas.

Mr. Leech was Jefferson County attorney from January 1955 to January 1961. He also served as city attorney for Oskaloosa.

He served on the Jefferson County Memorial Hospital board of directors from 1952 to 1961, the Pleasant View Cemetery board of directors and on the school board for Oskaloosa public schools.

He also was co-chair for the Jefferson County chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Leech helped establish the Jefferson County Historical Society in 1966. He was president of the group for six years. He and his wife donated land for Old Jefferson Town, the county's historical park in Oskaloosa. Mr. Leech also served on the Kansas State Historical Society board of directors for three years.

Mr. Leech, who enjoyed reading and was a history buff, was co-author of a history of Oskaloosa. He also liked opera.

He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder, organist and choir director for several years.

He also was a member of the Kansas Bar Assn., American Bar Assn. and Larner-Seagraves Post No. 36 of the American Legion in Oskaloosa.

He married Betty Wright on Nov. 22, 1950, in Grantville. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, William W., Roosevelt, N.J.; a daughter, Elizabeth, Evanston, Ill.; a sister, Ann Finley, Oskaloosa; and two grandsons.

A son, John, died June 10, 1956.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Hampton-Barrett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa.

The family suggests memorials to the Jefferson County Historial Society, Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, First United Presbyterian Church or the Oskaloosa Public Library, and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

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