Gentry Leeps of Cresco, Iowa passed away Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Evans Memorial Nursing Home, Cresco, Iowa.
Funeral services for Gentry will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 7, at Cresco United Methodist Church in Cresco, IA with Rev. Kayla Lange officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Gentry was born on January 8, 1929 to Bernard and Helen (Wildey) Leeps in Orient, Iowa. Gentry atended elementary and high school in Orient, Iowa. Gentry served in the United States Army from January, 1950 to October, 1952. He served in the Koren War as an MP. After his service, Gentry attended the American Institue of Business in Des Moines, Iowa for accounting. While attending the business school he met LaVerna Collins, and was married on October 25, 1953 in the Methodist Chapel in Des Moines, Iowa. They moved to Atlantic, Iowa where Gentry worked for the Ford Motor Company. From Atlantic, Iowa they moved to Sheffield, Iowa for a year and then to Cresco where he worked at the Cresco Ford Garage. Gentry opened and operated Gent's DX Service Station (where Sterling Drug is now located). Gentry sold the station in 1977 and worked for Howard County Hospital driving ambulance for 14 years. Gentry then worked for the Howard County Law Enforcement Center as a dispatcher until his retirement in 1994.
Gentry and LaVerna raised 6 children; Warren (Vali) Leeps, Calvin (Monica) Leeps, Teresa (Gary) Kabrud, Linda (Joe) McGee, Jeffrey Leeps and Donald (DeAnn) Leeps.
Gentry was a member of the First United Methodist Church , VFW, and was a 50 year member of the American Legion. He enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, and was an avid woodworker and did numerous craft shows.
Gentry is survived by his 6 children, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grand children.
Gentry was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Kenneth Leeps, and his wife of 63 years, LaVerna.
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