Leslie Roy Lederer, 93, resident of Marana and Tucson since 1967, passed away April, 26.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 18, at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road in Tucson, Ariz.
He was born at home on the homestead Sept. 3, 1919, to George and Ella Lederer near Conrad. By age nine, he was driving the tractor—working along with his brothers and their father.
After graduating high school at 16, he went to CCC camp and worked in the Glacier Park area along with his brother Warren, cutting trees and building roads. Later he moved to Los Angeles where he worked at Lockheed Aircraft assembling P-38 fighter planes as a riveter. He joined the Navy 57th Construction Batallion – Seabees. In the South Pacific he helped clear land for roads and airstrips and built refrigerated Quonsets which would hold supplies for armed forces in the area.
After the war he and his brother Bob purchased, in partnership, farm land near their parents’ farm with their savings and the GI Bill that would help them get through their first year with $200 for each family each month for living and farm expenses.
He married Helen Hostetter in 1947. In 1967 they sold the farm in Montana and moved to Marana where he soon found work with ASARCO at Silverbell Mine where he worked until he retired 1981.
He is survived by sons; Bill (Ruth) of Lake Bluff, Ill.; Lou (former wife Cindy) of Tucson, Ariz.; Joe (Lorene) of San Carlos, Calif.; daughter Leslie B. (David) Bohm of Tucson; brother Bob of Springdale, Ark.; and brother-in-law Burt (Dort Lederer) Johnson of Conrad and his first wife, Helen of Tucson. Seven grandchildren mourn his passing; Aleksa and Adam of Chicago, Ill., Scott and Sarah of Tucson, Charlie and Everett of San Carlos and Linda Bohm of Tucson. He is also survived by 20 nieces and nephews and their spouses, children and grandchildren; his step-daughters, Donna Murphy, Carole Ellison, and Jacque Ellison; and Cindy Hulsey, she was like a daughter.
He is preceded in death by his son Charles Thomas; his second wife Jeanne; his brothers Warren (Mary), Harry (Dolores), Clair; his sister Elsie Lederer Johnson; sister-in-law Dee, wife of brother Bob; nephew Fred (Margaret) Lederer; and his companion of 11 years, Helen Cesarek.