Gerald Edginton Leseberg, 82, went “Home” to be with Jesus and Our Heavenly Father, on Saturday March 13th, after many complications from surgery on February 25th.
Gerry was born in Lander, Wyoming, on June 11, 1938, to Edward and Alice Leseberg. After spending his younger years in Utah adventuring with his older brother Bill and cousin Ray, he moved with his parents to a small farm town, Nyssa, in eastern Oregon on the Snake River. His Dad worked road construction for his brother’s company. There were many adventures on the Snake River and hunting with his Dad and friends.
Gerry graduated from Nyssa in 1956. His high school senior year Gerry started dating Phyllis Medlock and three years later they were married. A few months later Gerry realized (in prayer) that God was calling him into the ministry and soon he and Phyllis left Nyssa for Illinois where their first son Jules was born. He also attended a small Bible college there for 2 years then started preaching in mission work. The first several months were in Shreveport, Louisiana, where their second son Kelly was born. Later the family moved to California where the third son, Nathan, was born. Two years later the family moved back to Nyssa for 18 months of respite while waiting for the next church planting assignment. While in Nyssa, their fourth son, Marcus, was born, and there Gerry finished his Bible College studies by correspondence and was ordained in 1969.
Just a few months after ordination, Gerry, Phyllis and the four boys left Oregon and Idaho for the last time, except for vacations to visit families and relatives in Nyssa and Boise (always enjoyable). The family finally settled in Council Bluffs to help build a church. All four sons graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and each went to various colleges in the Midwest and Florida and still live in the Midwest now!
Gerry always worked another job besides pastoring (for our married needs) plus Phyllis did many various volunteer works in the church and school. After 19 years, all the work and pressure were too much for Phyllis, so Gerry retired early for her health’s sake. They loved the people and miss them.
Gerry worked 25 or more years for General Siding & Roofing Supply. He was their outside salesman and truly enjoyed his work and those he worked with and for, and truly loved the many people he met. He was definitely a “people person” and loved Jesus and strove hard to show it in his life. He was a wonderful, loving, and caring husband, Dad, Grandpa and friend and he will be missed terribly!
Visitation following CDC guidelines: Thursday, March 18, from 6-8 pm at Bellevue Memorial Chapel.
Funeral Service following CDC gudelines: Friday, March 19, at 2 pm at Thanksgiving Church, 36th Street and 370, Bellevue.
To view video of the service, click the link below:
Interment: Cedardale Cemetery
Memorials : Gideons / www.gideons.org