Leland Eugene Trosper, age 85, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 at Rockynol Retirement Community.
He was born Feb. 17, 1927, a son of Hazel (Turner) Townsend and William Arthur Trosper. Lee served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Cabildo and the USS Ajax during World War II and on the USS Macon during the Korean War. On Sept. 3, 1948, he married Gladys Elston. Having worked as a foreman for American Welding of Warren, Ohio, for many years, he then worked for General Motors for 15 years and retired Dec. 1, 1987.
He loved to travel and camp and do woodworking, and could fix just about anything. He loved his neighbors and friends and was quick to assist you if you needed a hand.
At the age of 16 he became a private pilot and enjoyed flying for many years, which rubbed off onto several family members. Above all, Lee loved his family and spending time with them, as well as his friends.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gladys E. Trosper of Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Tonnie Lee and husband, Dana Spratt, of Burlington, Mass., and Barbara T. Wright and husband, Merlen Levering, of Akron, Ohio; a son, Greig A., and Sally, Trosper of Holland, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Kelly, Meghan, Tonnie, Rebecca, Trevor, Ryan and Shane; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley and Caitlin, with another one on the way.
Services: A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman, Ohio, with the Revs. Merlen Levering and David McKinnon officiating. Burial will follow in Kinsman Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. An online guestbook is available at www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com.
Contributions: Memorial donations may be made to Kinsman United Methodist Church or the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.