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Vera Alice Downs Leichty
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1919
Jasper County
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 7, 2011
Jasper County
Indiana, USA

Lafayette Journal & Courier, Aug. 9, 2011
Vera Alice Downs Leichty, 91, of Rensselaer, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011.

She was born Aug. 29, 1919, in Rensselaer, and was the daughter of Harry Orval and Grace Mearl Standish Downs.

She first lived on East Oak Street in Rensselaer before moving to Broadway Gardens in 1924 and later moved to present-day Miller and finally Mount Ayr. She attended Broadway Gardens Elementary School and Mount Ayr School.

On Oct. 12, 1935, she married Simon Leichty in Kentland, and he died Sept. 6, 1992.

Mr. and Mrs. Leichty settled on the present Spall farm in Jasper County. In 1945, they purchased the farm and raised hundreds of chickens and sold the chickens and eggs to Joe's Produce of Brook. In 1955, Mrs. Leichty began working at Permonite in Morocco, retiring July 30, 1982.

She moved to Rensselaer following her husband's death. She worked as a volunteer in the Auxiliary at Jasper County Hospital in 1998 and 1999. Mrs. Leichty was raised in the Methodist faith and joined Burr Oak Mennonite Church after her marriage.

Surviving are three sons, Walter Lee Leichty of Olathe, Kan., Ronald Allen Leichty (wife: Sharon) of Argos and Philip Dean Leichty (wife: Virginia) of Rensselaer; a daughter, Jo Ann Maupin (husband: Bruce) of Brandon, Miss.; and two sisters, Audrey Jane Kissinger of Mount Ayr and Barbara Jean Etchoe (husband: Urtz) of Hammond.

Also surviving are 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a brother; 3 sisters; and a grandson.

Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, 4-8 p.m. at Jackson Funeral Home in Rensselaer and one hour prior to the funeral service at Burr Oak Mennonite Church. The funeral will be Aug. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Debbie Voss officiating. Interment will be in the nearby Burr Oak Cemetery. 
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  Simon Leichty (1915 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Burr Oak Cemetery
Jasper County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Sherry Salla
Record added: Aug 09, 2011
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Vera Alice <i>Downs</i> Leichty
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- Valerie Anderson
 Added: Apr. 23, 2015

- Sherry Salla
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011

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