Jerry Leahy, aged 87, passed peacefully of natural causes at home on March 24, 2020 surrounded by family.
A private family ceremony and cremation were held at Behner’s funeral home.
Jerry was born October 24, 1932 in Tecumseh, Nebraska, where he grew up over the Leahy family grocery store.
He is survived by wife Marge; 3 children: Roger, Jim, & Mea; 6 Grandchildren: Amber, April, Jesse, Ravon, Sean, & Sam;
2 Brothers: Dan & Mike; and 3 Great Grandchildren: Julian, Adrian, and Gabriel.
Jerry’s banking career matured as a bank examiner, then as President of 2 Iowa banks, first in Rock Rapids then in Pella, Iowa.
After helping acquire the MIU Fairfield campus in 1974, and becoming a TM teacher, Jerry served as MIU’s VP of Admin under Dr. Keith Wallace.
Then Jerry became Co-Owner and Chairman of the family business, Overland Sheepskin Co, opening stores around the country with Marge.
He loved animals, and was our ‘llama whisperer’, lovingly caring for hundreds of pet llamas at his ‘Llama Bliss Ranch’ east of Fairfield.
Jerry was strong, hardworking, capable, gentle, patient, wise, and inspiring. He was always kind to everyone.
He had a remarkable memory, and was a gifted story teller with a great sense of humor.
Jerry & Marge shared a 69 year loving & supportive marriage. He and Marge always put their children & family first in their lives.
He lived life fully as a wonderful spouse, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, cousin, co-worker, and friend.
So many of us were fortunate to be blessed by Jerry’s outstanding life. We celebrate his transition to a great place of freedom.
Love, the Leahy Family
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