Obituary of Robert Ignatius Michael “Bob” Leasure
November 30, 2016
Robert Ignatius “Bob” Leasure passed away peacefully in his sleep on Nov. 7, 2016. He was 89.
Bob was born in Cleveland Ohio on Aug. 24, 1927, he remained a loyal Cleveland sports fan all his life. He was honored and proud to be a WWII Veteran having enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1944 and serving his country until June 1946. During this time he participated in combat at Okinawa, operations on Shanghai, China and the occupation of Japan while onboard the battleship U.S.S Tennessee BB43. This ship was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.
After his return to civilian life, he continued his education as an electrical engineer and worked for Arthur G. McKee Engineering and Construction Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Projects included Refinery and Petro-Chemical plants nationally and overseas where he worked in Greece and three years in McKee’s Mexico City office. In the early 1970’s Bob became Manager of Business Development for Lord Electric Company. He negotiated and managed large projects in the US, including major updates to mining operations in Arizona and power plants in California and Wyoming. His past international experience served him well, as president of the newly formed Lord International division in 1980, his true love. For more than a decade he worked very successfully in the Middle East, managing Power Distribution Systems, water and power projects and electrical substations under extremely challenging conditions.
He was a wonderful human being on many levels. He was loving, generous, honorable, trustworthy, a valued friend to many, and a great traveling companion with a delightful and keen sense of humor. He always said he was blessed by wonderful women in his life, his mother, Gladys, his first wife, Maxine and his current wife, Sherry. We are the ones who are blessed to have had him in our lives. He is missed beyond measure.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Sherry; and by three grandsons Andrew, Max and Jacob.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 36 years, Maxine (1983); their two sons, Robert Hugh (2002) and Mark Scott (2015).
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., on Dec. 17, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Parish, 235 Chapel St., Grass Valley, California.