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Thomas L. Leer Sr.

Posted on Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

July 12, 1940 - Feb. 18, 2013

ELKHART — Mr. Thomas L. “Tom” Leer Sr., 72, of Elkhart, passed away at 10:56 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Elkhart General Hospital after an extended illness.

He was born in Goshen on July 12, 1940, to the late Wilbur L. and Evelyn (Burke) Leer. On Nov. 3, 1985, he married Juanita Viars in Elkhart. She survives at home.

Also surviving are his sons, Thomas L. “Tom” (Amberly) Leer Jr. of Constantine, Mich., Gregory D. “Dean” Williams of Elkhart, Nathan O. Tacy of Glendale, Ariz., and James C. Penninger of Ocala, Fla.; daughters Marcella R. Clements of South Bend and Nancy J. Eutsey of Goshen; brothers Wilbur B. (Marilyn) Leer of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Brad Chokey of Goshen; sisters Cheri A. (Larry) Scheetz, Dawn M. (Steve) Yoder and Gail (Gene) Davis, all of Goshen; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In accordance with the family’s wishes, Tom is to be cremated and a memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the North Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1921 Jeanwood Drive, Elkhart, with burial pending at Union East Cemetery in Union, Mich. Arrangements have been placed under the care and direction of Billings Funeral Home in Elkhart.

Tom spent many years as a truck driver for several Elkhart area RV manufacturers, including Patrick Industries. After his retirement, he remained busy with the company that he founded known as “The Little Red Wagon Taxi Service,” which specialized in the transportation of Amish families. He had also served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet aircraft mechanic in France and Germany.

Memorials may be given to the United Cancer Services of Elkhart County. Online condolences can reach the family at