Ed graduated from Canton Lincoln High School and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union College and his Master of Science degree from Indiana University at Bloomington. Ed fulfilled a 30 year career in education as a guidance counselor and teacher before retiring in 1986. In addition, Ed served as an auxilliary police officer for the Village of Sugarcreek for many years. In his retirement, he worked part-time for Sonnenburg Insurance Co. Ed proudly served in the US Army, 567 heavy field artillery division, stationed at battalion headquarters in Germany during the Korean War. He was an active member of the Sugarcreek American Legion and was a venerable member of the Canton Masonic Lodge 60.
On August 25, 1957, Ed married the former Eloise Thomas enjoying 39 years of marriage with her before her death in 1997. Ed and Eloise shared a love for Arabian horses, raising several on their farm outside of Sugarcreek. They enjoyed riding and showing their horses when they were younger and simply caring for them and admiring their beauty in later years.
Following Eloise’s death, Ed married the former Betty Nickles Wines, whom he met while working for Sonnenburg. They celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary together earlier this year.
Ed will be missed by his family. In addition to his wife Betty, he is survived by his son Dan (Shelly) Leyman, his daughter Elizabeth Gauvey (Craig Baker), stepsons Chuck (Shari) Wines, and Brad Wines, grandsons Travis Campbell and Jesse and Matt Wines, dear friends William Stutzman and Aden and Mary Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Eloise and his brother D. James Leyman.
Private family services will be held on Monday, December 30, 2013 at Smith-Varns Funeral Home at 1018 W. Main Street in Sugarcreek with William Stutzman and Aden Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Westlawn Cemetery in Mt. Eaton where the Sugarcreek American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services. Friends may call on Sunday from 2-4 PM at Smith-Varns Funeral Home at Sugarcreek. For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home’s website to share a memory and sign the guest register.
Smith-Varns Funeral Home of Sugarcreek