Merced Sun Star
May 22, 1982, page 1
Edward Leap services set Monday
Services have been set Monday for Edward G. Leap, longtime Merced insurance
executive and community leader who died Thursday in a Merced hospital at the
age of 63.
Officers of Elks Lodge 1240 will officiate at the 11 a.m. rites in the
Mission Chapel of Ivers
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and Alcorn and burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park.
A resident of Merced for more than 50 years, Leap opened an insurance
agency here in 1946 and was joined in the firm by Bob Carpenter in 1972.
From 1956 to 1973 he served as a trustee to the Merced Union High School
District and was president of several organizations, including the Merced
chapter of the Red Cross, the Merced Chamber of Commerce and Merced County
Association of Insurance Agents.
A past exalted ruler of the Merced Elks Lodge, Mr. Leap was a member of the
Masonic Lodge, the Merced Rotary Club, Central Presbyterian Church, the
American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also was and active
campaign chairman or fund-raiser for Republican candidates for many years.
Mr. Leap was born Dec. 2, 1918 in Wichita Falls, Tex. He moved with his
parents to Fresno at the age of six weeks and when he was 12 the family
moved to Merced where his father was employed by the Crocker-Huffman Land
and Water Co.
He attended Merced High School where was a football letterman and following
his graduation in 1937 he joined an insurance firm in San Francisco as an
Entering the Army three years later, Mr. Leap completed officer's training
and served in the European Theater. He participated in several campaigns as
an infantry officer, earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star for gallantry and
Near the end of World War II he was captured by the Germans and was held as
a prisoner for several months.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy of Merced; a daughter, Shareen Riley of Los
Gatos; a son, Ronald of Merced; two sisters, Frances Hobdy and Mary Jo
Jacobs, both of Escondido, and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated
by the family.