Billy L. Leasure, 73, of Edinburg, passed away the afternoon of July 31, 2012, in Jameson Hospital North.
He was born Sept. 23, 1938, in Marion Center, a son of the late Earl and Arveda (Walker) Leasure.
He was married to the late Edna I. Wyant for 37 years. She preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2002.
Billy was of the Protestant faith.
He retired after 35 years as a highlift operator for the former Indalex Corporation in Girard, Ohio.
Billy was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He served from Dec. 13, 1961 until Dec. 13, 1963, when he received his honorable discharge.
He continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves until Dec. 13, 1967.
Billy held the rank of Private First Class/E-3 with the 119th T Company, Fourth Army. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Letter of Commendation and Expert Rifle Badge.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving relatives include two sons, Billy L. (Teri) Leasure Jr. of New Castle and Larry D. (Amy) Leasure of Fairmont City.; three brothers, Clair Leasure of Edinburg, Leonard Leasure of Hillsville and Vernon (Carol) Leasure of Rochester Mills; three sisters, Freda (Joe) Martino of Walston, Bernice (Harry) McElroy of Frankinville, N.Y., and Frances Stauffer of Greenbelt Md.; four grandchildren, Austin Leasure, Aiden Leasure, Samantha Leasure and Richard Leasure.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Bell and Wyonette McGennis; and two brothers, Ray and Floyd Leasure.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 S. Mill St., New Castle.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at the funeral home with the Rev. Tom Scott of Kings Chapel Church officiating.
Rite of Committal and interment will be at S.S. Phillip & James Cemetery.
The New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
Online condolences may be viewed or given by visiting nogafuneralhome.com.