Leslie Wallace Greenlief, 84, of Elyria, died on Monday October 8, 2007, at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria, following a short illness.
Mr. Greenlief was born in Glenville, W.Va., on February 27, 1923, and lived in Elyria since 1962. He worked in Arizona for 12 years in heavy construction and then at General Motors in Elyria for 23 years as die set and press operator, retiring in 1987.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the South Pacific receiving the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with nine bronze service stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079 in Elyria.
Mr. Greenlief enjoyed bowling and yard work.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary Ruth (Martin-Whitt) Greenlief; three sons, Dan Whitt of Columbus, Gary Whitt of Coshocton, and James McMillan of Elyria; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Lamp of Akron, and Monnie Foster of West Milford, W.Va.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Richards; daughter, Patricia Louise Greenlief; brothers, Harlie and Overt Greenlief; sister, Genievie Wilcox. His parents also preceded him in death, Lester William Greenlief and Virginia (nee Brake) Greenlief.
Friends will be received at Reichlin-Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2007.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2007 with the Reverend Charles Keesee, pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Elyria, officiating. Burial will be in Ridgehill Memorial Park in Amherst Township, where VFW Post 1079 will conduct full military honors.