January 18, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013 2:00 P.M. Middleburg United Methodist Church
11-2 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2013
Thomas Carlton Lease 96, of rural Middleburg, passed away, Friday, January, 18, 2013 in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Urbana. He was born August 26, 1916 in North Lewisburg, Ohio and was a graduate of North Lewisburg High School. He married Thelma Grace Meeks on May 1, 1937 and they were married for 66 years. Thomas retired from SPECO as a supervisor for over 42 years. He was a member of the Middleburg United Methodist Church, the US Humane Society, National Audubon Society and the History Channel Club. Thomas enjoyed reading, nature, whether he was farming, observing the weather, watching wildlife, fishing, hunting, camping, or traveling the USA and Canada, he was a true outdoorsman. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. Thomas also enjoyed attending class reunions at Triad High School. He is survived by his sons, Thomas (Wallene) Lease of Ethelsville, AL and Joseph (Nancy) Lease of Bellefontaine; daughters, Elaine (Richard) Willis of Rochester, MN, Anita (Jerry) Williams of East Liberty, OH, and Kathy (Philip) Hess of West Liberty, OH; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 43 nieces and nephews; as well as special friends and neighbors, Ron Beidelman, Joe and Angie Holloway.
He is preceded in death by his parents, David William and Cornelia (Frantz) Lease; his wife, Thelma Grace (Meeks) Lease; his brothers, Dane (Eunice) Lease and Roy (Ruth) Lease; his sisters, Connie (Chester) Haley and Mary (Herman) Thomas; 3 nephews; 2 great-grandsons; and 1 niece.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013 in the Middleburg United Methodist Church with Pastors, Tim Reeves and Mebane McMahon officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the funeral, starting at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Middleburg Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Middleburg United Methodist Church, 11824 State Route 287, East Liberty, OH 43319. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com . Services are entrusted to FRESHWATER, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, North Lewisburg.