Rupert Dean Leedy, 74, John Deere manager

February 05, 2003

Rupert Dean Leedy, a retired regional financial manager for John Deere, died of cancer Jan. 29 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Timonium resident was 74.

Mr. Leedy was born in Wytheville, Va., and raised in Jackson, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Ohio State University in 1950.

He served in the Army from 1950 to 1952, attaining the rank of captain. He began his career that year in sales for John Deere, manufacturers of farm equipment, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. In 1968, he moved to Baltimore where he was regional financial manager until retiring in 1984.

Mr. Leedy enjoyed visiting Switzerland and was a member of the Swiss Club of Baltimore. He also was a member of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.

An accomplished woodworker, he made wooden toys, including a Ferris wheel that was presented to actress and former talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell several years ago, family members said.

Mr. Leedy was a member of First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, and of First Christian Church, 5802 Roland Ave., where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Mary Huber; two sons, Charles D. Leedy of Durham, N.C., and David B. Leedy of Dallas; a brother, Donald W. Leedy of Oak Hill, Ohio; four sisters, Hope Keller and Vivian Bevins, both of Jackson, Ohio, Charlene McKenzie of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Mary Avis Leedy of Columbus, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

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