Baker City, Oregon
George Ellis Leep, 85, a longtime Baker City resident, died Nov. 21, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
His funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at at Coles Funeral Home. Jack Pittman will officiate.
Mr. Leep was born on Aug. 17, 1919, at Halfway, Oregon. He was a son of Willis Robert and Janie Elizabeth Haines Leep.
He graduated from Halfway High School. He went to work at the Cornucopia Mines and then worked for Boeing Aircraft from August 1941 until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March of 1942. He was honorably discharged in November 1945.
He proudly served his country as an Air Guard on a Merchant Marine Ship. After his discharge, the family returned to Baker City where he worked with his uncle, Mark Ellis, at Phillips Petroleum for 28 years until his retirement.
He was a member of the Baker Elks Lodge, No. 338, where he served as exalted ruler; the American Legion; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Leep of Baker City; children, Elizabeth Erwin, and her husband, David, of Oregon City, Marydee Rea and her husband, Lloyd, of Baker City, and Margy Heilman and her husband, Eric, of Milwaukie; grandchildren, Georgene Rea, Marianne Stone and her husband, Daniel, Francine Rea, Lloyd Rea III, Jimmy Heilman and Jeffery Heilman; three great-grandsons, Griffin and Gavin Stone and Aiden Ellis Heilman; and one niece and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard Ruben Leep.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association through Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St., Baker City, OR 97814.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 26, 2004
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor