Reverend Robert David Leas

East Tawas, Michigan
December 12, 1933 - September 15, 2018

Service Location

Tawas Area Presbyterian Church

Services

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held through a memorial service at the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Kathleen Rowe officiating.

Obituary Notice

Reverend Robert David Leas, of East Tawas, entered the higher life on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, age 84. Robert was born on December 12, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ralph and Ina (Abney) Leas. He graduated with the class of 1952 from Noblesville High School in Indiana. Robert earned a Bachelor's Degree with honors in history from Indiana University in 1956. During his junior year at IU, he participated in a study abroad program at the American University of Beirut, where he developed a lifelong interest in and love of the Middle East. In 1957, Robert studied at the Faculté de Théologie in Montpellier, France. He earned his Master's Degree of Divinity in 1961 from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and the same year was ordained in the Presbyterian Church. His first call as a Presbyterian minister was to Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, Iowa, with later pastorates at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Indiana and Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Lansing, Michigan. His pastoral career also included over thirty years in clinical pastoral education (CPE) as an educator and CPE Supervisor, training seminary and chaplaincy students in hospital settings in Park Ridge, Illinois; South Bend, Indiana; Saginaw, Michigan; and Ft. Wayne, Indiana, until his retirement in 2002. The Tawas Area became a new home to Robert in 2015, where he enjoyed the rural beauty and small town life. His retirement activities included writing, genealogical research, and serving on the board of the Swedenborg House of Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Robert published a biography of Anton Boisen, who is credited as the founder of CPE. As a Hoosier, Robert was passionate about basketball, and faithfully followed IU and the Golden State Warriors! He currently attended the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church, where he enjoyed the community of faith. Robert will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjory Leas of East Tawas, with whom he had recently celebrated 20 years of marriage. Robert is also survived by 7 children, Michele Winegar of Grand Rapids, Annette (Tom) Jaenicke of Olympia, Washington, Nancy Leas of Carbondale, Colorado, Karl (Emily) Leas of Madison, Wisconsin, Rebecca (Marcus) Moore of Saginaw, Daniel Shelley of South Haven, and Kathryn (Julius) Brown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 7 grandchildren; and many special friends. Robert is preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Kent Leas. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held through a memorial service at the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Kathleen Rowe officiating. Those wishing to express their condolences through a memorial donation are encouraged to consider either the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church at 2095 East US-23, East Tawas, MI 48730; or Almont New Church Assembly, Attn: B.J. Neuenfeldt, 850 North US-23, East Tawas, MI 48730; or the American University of Beirut at aub.edu.lb. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com

Memorials

Those wishing to express their condolences through a memorial donation are encouraged to consider either the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church at 2095 East US-23, East Tawas, MI. 48730; or Almont New Church Assembly, Attn: B.J. Neuenfeldt, 850 North US-23, East Tawas, MI. 48730; or the American University of Beirut at aub.edu.lb.

Condolences

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Margie. What a legacy Bob left for so many near and far. He will be missed by friends and neighbors here on Huron Street.
— Christine Huebner
Dear Margie, We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family.
— Steve and Diane Hartley
Margie and Family- John Peterson recently shared the information of Bob's passing with me. Please accept my personal and heartfelt prayers as I will miss the irreverent yet poignant presence of Bob in this world. May peace eventually find you, if not already.
— Victor F. Kolch, D. Min.
Marjie and family, we love you all and will miss Bob with all our hearts. We're so grateful you had 20 loving years together
— Tishma Family
Marjie and also to your family: I've had the privilege of spending some special time with Bob through the years, and I'm better for it!
He and I spent some good times together over excellent food while serving on the Swedenborgian House of Studies Board, and it was truly a great experience. I've also enjoyed some very good conversations at the Almont Summer School -- and I'm the better for it.
My heart goes out to all of you.
— Chris Laitner
Marjie and family I send hugs and prayers to you of peace in this time Debbie Springer
— Debbie Springer
I enjoyed the talks that we shared at Tawas Area Presbyterian Church. Reverend Bob was a very intelligent man and very easy to talk with. He was a good listener and always looked you in the eyes when you spoke to him. I will miss him. My deepest sympathy to his family.
— Shirley and Phil MacLeod
Wish I could be there in person to honor Bob, my long time friend. I’ll be there in spirit —remembering our year in Beirut.
— Nancy Giddens
I wish I could be there to honor Bob in person. I’ll be there in spirit. — remembering good times and our year in Beirut.
— Nancy Giddens
Marjory, you and Bob are a good friends. I recall the wonderful trip we took to Indianapolis. We had a wonderful time.
Bob was a wonderful Educator, Historian, and Writer. He contributed much to CPE. I miss him. Barbara and I send our condolences to you. Warmly, Joe and Barbara Viti
— Joe Viti
Dear family and friends of Bob;
I appreciate Bob because of his ministry at what was then St. Luke's, (now Covenant HealthCare) and the founding of our CPE program. While I never had the pleasure of meeting Bob or you all in person (having moved to Saginaw in 2015), I am immensely grateful to Bob for his hard work and dedication. I join my thoughts and prayers of gratitude to yours.
— Heather Collins
Dear Margory and family,
As Editor in Chief and nn behalf the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications' Board of Managers, I wish to extend our condolences on Bob's death. I was a privilege to work with Bob on his biography of Anton T. Boisen. His determination to tell Boisen's whole story was ever present in our discussions and, eventually, together, we brought this volume to publication. It has been well received and remains an important listing among JPCP Inc. publications. Bob's good humor, acumen, and sensitivity were appreciated as we got to work together on this work that he initiated with Orlo Strunk. May your memories of Bob, the ideals for which he stood, and the love that he shared become blessings for you and your family as the days and years unfold.
— Terry R. Bard

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