George R. Leatherow

August 21, 1930 ‒ September 04, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: US Army veteran George Robert Leatherow, 87, of Mansfield, died Monday morning September 4, 2017 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a short illness. His passing on Labor Day, a day set aside to honor working Americans, paid tribute to a man who exemplified a hardworking attitude.

He was born August 21, 1930 in Hayesville, Ohio to parents Elza & Pearl (Funk) Leatherow. George served his country by joining the US Army in 1951 and was stationed in Germany with the 4th Infantry.

A beautiful young lady named Suzanne caught his eye and the pair married on July 16, 1953. Together they raised three daughters and were blessed with 52 years of marriage until she passed away in 2005. They are now together again.

George worked as a truck driver with several local companies and retired from Wintz Freightways in 1995. He was a proud member of the Teamster Retiree Club in Mansfield.

He enjoyed watching and participating in motorsports, playing cards, drinking coffee, and reading historical books. George was selected to participate in an Honor Flight to commemorate his military service.

George was a longtime member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Mansfield where he served as an usher and greeter.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Susan & Richard Benson of Charlotte, NC, Theresa & Gib Davis of Beaufort, SC, and Marcia & William Damude of Beaufort, SC; five grandchildren Jennifer Benson, Alex Benson, Ty Davis, Taylor Damude, and Jylian Damude; sister Alvena “Beanie” Bonham of Mansfield; brother Ross & Dottie Leatherow of Galion; honorary son Reggie Sturts of Mansfield; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his loving wife Suzanne, and siblings June, Helen, and William “Bill” Leatherow.

The family will receive friends Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11 am. The Rev. DeWayne Smith will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

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  • To George’s family and friends: I am so sad to hear of George’s passing. He was such a wonderful, sweet, kind man. I am a neighbor of his. I walk my dog often, and my mother in law lives across the street. I would always see him on his porch whistling to the birds, or mowing, or taking care of his yard. I will miss him so much. God bless. Lisa Keener

  • So sorry to hear about George. He was such a nice guy. Many happy memories with Sue and George. Our sympathy to all of you Norma

  • So sorry to hear about George. He was such a great guy, Always had a great smile. Many good memories, Sue was my cousin and best friend. He will be missed. Love to all of you. Norma