Vernon Lewis “Pete” Leisinger, 90 of Moville, Iowa passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at a nursing home in Kingsley surrounded by his family.
Memorial Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2019 at the Moville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Heisler Cemetery in Mapleton, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Waterbury Funeral Service of Sioux City.
Pete was born March 12, 1929 in rural Soldier, Iowa the son of Lewis and Nettie (Riley) Leisinger.
He attended school in Mapleton, Castana and Country Schools, helping his family with the farm after that. He worked for the railroad for a short time, and then went on to work for the county.
Pete married Mary Lou Reitz on May 15, 1950.
Pete joined the United States Marines in 1952 and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
Over the years, he worked for the Mapleton Municipal Light Plant, the Corp of Engineers, Big Bend Dam in Chamberlain and the Department of Energy at the substation WAPA in Hinton, Iowa. On April 1, 1989 he retired.
Mary Lou died November 14, 1994. On March 12, 1996 he married Mariann Bergert. They divorced in 2019.
Pete had been a member of the Mapleton United Church of Christ, and in 1970 he became a very active member of the Moville United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the American Legion in Mapleton, Iowa and the Square Dancing Kingsley Swingers. He loved to be around his family and friends. When the kids were younger, Pete would coach Little League baseball, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts.
He enjoyed yard work, square dancing, and tinkering around the house fixing things. He was the Senior Companion of the Blue Angels.
He is survived by his three children, Dave (Margo) Leisinger and Deb (Craig) Sitzmann, both of Moville, IA, and Cary (Kim) Leisinger of North Liberty, IA; six grandchildren: Joshua (special friend, Danielle) Sitzmann, Beth (Tim) Nielsen, Zach (Amanda) Leisinger, Shelby (special friend, Aaron) Leisinger, Jamin (Ale) Langtimm, and Spencer (Ariel) Langtimm; four great-grandchildren: Harper and Sawyer Nielsen, Grace and Nevaeh Leisinger; and one sister, Donna Larson of Ute, IA.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Lou; two daughters, Patricia and Pamela; four sisters: Dorothy Archer, Gladys Phipps, Darlene Wacheldorf and Norma Kohler; and one brother, Fred Leisinger.