Bryan Leath Jr., April 6, 1924 — May 14, 2013, formerly of Columbia

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 12:36 p.m. CDT; updated 1:47 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bryan Leath Jr., 89, formerly of Columbia, MO died on May 14, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas, where he had moved to be near family.

Funeral service will be held on Monday May 20, 2013 at 1pm at The First Christian church in Columbia, MO. Visitation will be held at the church from 11 am to 1 pm. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens cemetery in Macon, MO at 4 pm.


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Bryan was born on April 6, 1924 in Macon, MO to the late Bryan Leath Sr. and Fern Cox Leath. On December 25, 1942 he married his high school sweetheart, Dortheda (Dottie) Simons, who preceded him in death in 2011. They began dancing together during their courtship and continued during their 68 year marriage.

Following graduation from high school, Bryan proudly served in the Army during World War II.

In 1980 he retired from General Telephone/Verizon where he worked for 33 years in multiple cities in Iowa and Columbia, MO.

Bryan was a member of First Christian Church in Columbia, MO. He was also a member of The Lions Club for many years, as well as holding the office of president. He was an accomplished woodworker, taking great delight in creating beautiful gifts for his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Leath, Grapevine, TX; son Richard (Kristy) Leath, Fort Worth, TX; son in law Ron Elliott, Vonore, TN; grandchildren Lori Jarvis, Eric Elliott, Chad Leath and Amber Leath, 7 great-grand-children, and brother, Robert Leath of Troy, OH. He was predeceased by his wife, Dottie Leath, daughters Cheryl Leath and Judy Elliott and brother Raymond Leath.

Bryan’s welcoming spirit and compassionate heart have influenced family and friends to follow his example of reaching out to those in need, contributing to community development through volunteer work and devotion to country. Always ready to lend a hand, serve a meal, share ideas, and offer advice as a kind-hearted listener, he was loved, and is missed by his family, as well as many friends, co-workers and neighbors. He was proud of his family, and especially loved welcoming new members. His enduring lessons to others includes to love with abandon (especially his wife and family), never shirk responsibility, enjoy every minute of life (like he did on the golf course), and if that’s not sweet enough for you, you can always put some sugar on it.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Research Center in Columbia, MO are appreciated.


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