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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 Edward Leap
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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 underwriter.
 
 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 Purple Heart.
 
 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.