Verdan Dean Lease

1925 - 2021

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Verdan D. Lease, age 95, of Findlay, died at 5:55am on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at the Fox Run Assisted Living in Findlay. He was born on July 8, 1925, in Arlington, Ohio, to the late Daniel and Lydia (Rettig) Lease. On September 24, 1949, he married Marcella Rozelle and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Devon (Carol) Lease of rural Findlay; daughter: Deanna (Michael) Heffner of Westfield, Indiana; grandson, Greg (Jackie) Orwick; great grandchildren: Zachary and Emily Orwick. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Andrew and Nicholas Lease; three brothers: Gerald, Paul, and Carl Lease. Verdan worked as an airplane mechanic for over 30 years, at the Findlay Airport, retiring in 1990. He had proudly served in the Army Air Force during World War II having worked on the B-17's and B-29's. He had the pleasure of being a part of the Honor Flight in 2012. He was a member of Journey at Christ Church in Findlay. He enjoyed woodworking, working on airplanes and was proud of the 1960 Studebaker Hawk that he restored. He was self taught in music, photography, clock and watch repair, gunsmithing, but without question his number one love was his family. A private funeral service for the family will be held at CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Arlington, with Pastor Trevor Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Bishop Cemetery, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Memorials may be made to either the Honor Flight, P.O. Box 885, Findlay, Ohio 45840 or to Journey at Christ Church, 225 West Bigelow, Findlay, Ohio 45840. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    PRIVATE

  • Final Resting Place:

    Bishop Cemetery, Eagle Township [Map]
    Township Road 74
    Hancock County, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Honor Flight
    PO Box 885
    Findlay, OH 45840

    Journey at Christ Church
    225 West Bigelow
    Findlay, OH 45840

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To : Deanna Heffner
Date :Monday, February 22nd 2021
From : Sue Haugh
Deanna, you have my deepest sympathies. The things I remember about your dad was that he liked his airplanes, Studebakers and Buck Owens. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sue



To : Marcella and the Lease Family
Date :Monday, February 22nd 2021
From : Dean Kayse Spitler
Sending condolences to Marcella and the Lease Family, so sorry for the loss of Verdan, he will be missed by everyone. Will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers.



To : Aunt Marcella Deanna Devon and family
Date :Monday, February 22nd 2021
From : Steve and Dianna Williams
We wanted to send our sympathy to all of your family. Uncle Verdan was a great guy and we will miss him very much. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love Steve and Dianna



To : Aunt Marcella Deanna Devon and family
Date :Monday, February 22nd 2021
From : Steve and Dianna Williams
We wanted to send our sympathy to all of your family. Uncle Verdan was a great guy and we will miss him very much. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love Steve and Dianna



To : Devon
Date :Monday, February 22nd 2021
From : Joe Schaaf
Sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you. Joe Schaaf



To : The Lease Family
Date :Monday, February 22nd 2021
From : Jim Marty Lemley
I just want to say that I consider your Dear Husband, Father and Grandfather a dear friend and mentor. I worked with Verdon several years at Eddie Flying Service. He was my boss, coworker and friend. He was implemental in recommending me to become employed at Marathon Aviation. Our families went to airshows together at Cleveland and Kalamazoo, MI.
Marty and I want you to know your in our prayers. God Bless



To : Aunt Marcella and cousins Deanna Devon
Date :Monday, February 22nd 2021
From : Gene Tammy Lease
Our deepest heart-felt sympathy to you. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
With love,
Gene & Tammy



To : Devon Carol an the Lease Family
Date :Tuesday, February 23rd 2021
From : Mike Hicks
Sorry for you loss, God Bless



To : The Lease Family
Date :Tuesday, February 23rd 2021
From : Valerie Lorenzo
I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember Verdan and his quiet humor forever. We had many conversations over the years and I was always intrigued by his stories.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers. He will live on there.



To : Aunt Marcella and cousins Deanna Devon
Date :Tuesday, February 23rd 2021
From : Gene Tammy Lease
Our deepest heart-felt sympathy to you. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
With love,
Gene & Tammy



To : Aunt Marcella and cousins Deanna Devon
Date :Wednesday, February 24th 2021
From : Gene Tammy Lease
Our deepest heart-felt sympathy to you. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
With love,
Gene & Tammy



To : Deanna Heffner
Date :Thursday, February 25th 2021
From : Sue Haugh
Deanna, you have my deepest sympathies. The things I remember about your dad was that he liked his airplanes, Studebakers and Buck Owens. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sue



To : Aunt Marcella and cousins Deanna Devon
Date :Friday, February 26th 2021
From : Gene Tammy Lease
Our deepest heart-felt sympathy to you. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
With love,
Gene & Tammy



To : Aunt Marcella and cousins Deanna Devon
Date :Friday, February 26th 2021
From : Gene Tammy Lease
Our deepest heart-felt sympathy to you. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
With love,
Gene & Tammy



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