Gene Leslie

Gene E. Leslie

Tuesday, December 21st, 1937 - Saturday, December 15th, 2018
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Obituary

Gene Edward Leslie, 80, a lifetime resident of Cass County, passed away Saturday, December 15th, 2018, at Heritage House in Atlantic, Iowa. Gene was born December 21st, 1937, to Hazel (Laartz) and Clyde Edward Leslie of rural Atlantic.

At the age of 10, Gene began his lifelong occupation as a farmer when he purchased livestock and a few years later recognized his desire to work the land. In 1958, at the age of 20, Gene increased his farming operation by renting cropland from his parents. An insatiable passion developed to learn everything possible about Agriculture from neighbors, his high school Ag class, personal reading, long hours and hard work.
Gene began buying machinery during his senior year of high school in 1957. One of the tractors he bought that year took him through his 57 year career. Gene’s father was a mechanic and ran a country garage; he was a great influence on Gene’s ability to learn to work on and repair his own machinery. Gene didn’t have an engineering degree but from his family’s standpoint, could figure out and build most anything. Gene semi-retired in 2010, but continued to labor on the farmstead while renting the rest of his farms out. In 2015, at the age of 78, he decided it was time to truly retire.

On August 9th, 1959, Gene and Suzanne Carver were married and resided at the family farm north of Atlantic where they raised three children: Jody, Christine and Jonathan. They all see him as a good steward of the land and a wonderful, hardworking farmer. It was admirable how he loved it and each year looked forward to being back in the fields again during the spring and harvest time. Although Gene’s deeds often were done quietly, many experienced the kindness of his generosity. Gene’s legacy and hope was for his grandchildren to know the heritage and enjoy the blessing of keeping the family farm together.

Gene was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Holy Trinity and Evangelical Free Church in Atlantic, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne of Atlantic; three children, Jody Torbensen of Sun City West, AZ, Christine Leslie of Woodbury, MN and Jonathan (Lilli) Leslie of Kijabe, Kenya, East Africa; grandchildren, Nicholas Torbensen of Omaha, NE, Hannah (Henrik) Stevens of Minneapolis, MN; Tiana Leslie of Bloomington, MN, Joshua Leslie and Sophia Leslie both of Kijabe, Kenya, East Africa; brothers-in-law, Richard (Carol) Carver of Glencoe, MN and Alan (Linda) Carver of Ames, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Hazel Leslie; step-mother Florence Leslie; son-in-law, Michael Torbensen; sister Rosemary Witt Broderius; brothers-in-law Bob Witt and Bob Broderius.

Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of visitation with the family present on Wednesday, December 26th at Roland Funeral Home. Visitation with the family present will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Roland Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27th at the Evangelical Free Church in Atlantic, with Pastor Don McLean officiating. Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Roland Funeral Home is caring for Gene’s family and the arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

IN REMEMBRANCE OF

Gene Leslie
BORN
December 21, 1937 - Atlantic, Iowa

DIED
December 15, 2018 - Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of
80 Years, 11 Months, 24 Days

FUNERAL SERVICE
10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018
Evangelical Free Church - Atlantic, Iowa

OFFICIANT
Pastor Don McLean

MUSICIAN
Heidi Hinman

MUSICAL SELECTIONS
“It Is Well” - Congregational
“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” - Congregational
“He Will Hold Me Fast” - Solo
“In Christ Alone” - Congregational

CASKET BEARERS
Nicholas Torbensen
Richard Witt
Mark Martens
Javen Smith
James Kilworth
Eli Bitner
Clair Acker

IN CHARGE OF FLOWERS
Diane Acker
Linda Jensen
Linda Weaver
Dolly Bergman

INTERMENT
Atlantic Cemetery - Atlantic, Iowa

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immediately following the service lunch in the fellowship hall.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Roland Funeral Service
    Address
    204 E. 5th St.
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    Open visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until time of visitation with the family present on Wednesday, December 26th at Roland Funeral Home. Visitation with the family present will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Roland Funeral Home.
  • Service

    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, December 27th, 2018 10:30am
    Location
    Atlantic Evangelical Free Church
    Address
    1 E. 22nd Street, Atlantic, IA 50022
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    Officiant
    Pastor Don McLean
  • Interment

    Location
    Atlantic Cemetery
    Address
    63119 White Pole Road
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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  • Reception

    Location
    Atlantic Evangelical Free Church
    Address
    1 E. 22nd Street, Atlantic, IA 50022
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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Ron Woodward

Posted at 01:10am
As a son of a dairy farmer, I was always impressed with Gene’s depth of farming knowledge. He truly followed all aspects of the business of farming. When you walked in the door of the house there were computers actively following the commodities market, so he would know the best time to take crops to market. He could do all aspects of farming and really enjoyed it. He reminded me of my father, who always said that he was a farmer because he truly enjoyed farming. I felt a bond with Gene (my 2nd cousin) and I will miss him.
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Larry Lantis

Posted at 11:05am
Dear Sue, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts are with you and your family as you remember and celebrate a life worth living. Our condolences and blessings. Larry and Sharon Lantis
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Lloyd & Mary Larson

Posted at 10:29pm
Dear Sue & Family...We are so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Mary & Lloyd Larson
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Lavonne Sidebottom

Posted at 01:32pm
Dear Sue & family.....Our most sincere sympathies to all of you. Suzie, I have so many good memories of kindnesses shown by your family "many" years ago. And we both appreciated so much that you and Gene made the efforts to join us for special family occasions (both happy and sad) all these years later. May God hold you all in His loving arms. Sincerely, LaVonne & Gail Sidebottom
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Jenn Tritz and Family

Posted at 12:10pm
Sue and Family - Much love to you all and sending our prayers during this difficult time.
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