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Knightstown Banner 30 Mar 1945
Pvt. Mellis Leisure Killed in Patton's Heroic Third.
Adding to an already heavy burden which has been the portion of Mr. Dora Leisure and his family, in recent months with seven sons in service, two of whom but recently have been reported among the missing came news Friday from the U.S. was department that his son, Pvt. Mellis Leisure age 28 was killed in Acton March 5th on German Soil. At the time of death he was serving with General Patton's heroic Third Army with an armored division in the infantry. His missing brothers are T-Sgt Robert Leisure and Pvt. Max Leisure both serving in action on German soil at the time reported missing. The mother Mrs. Anna W Leisure passed away last June.
Pvt. Mellis well known admired and respected throughout the community, was a graduate of the class of 1941 of the local schools after which prior to the entry into the armed services he was employed at Delco-Remy in Anderson. He received his initial training at Ft. Benning. The news of his death comes as a further shock to the community.
Surviving him are his father and two brothers mentioned above, the other brothers Ross Leisure, Mo. MM 3c, Hal Leisure serving in Italy, Orie Leisure in the Merchant Marines, Hugh Leisure BM 2c U.S. Navy and Tyrus and Rolland both of New Castle, three sisters Mrs. Melvin Beck of Carthage, Mrs. Hazel Wright of Lewisville and Mrs. Max Ewing of New Castle.
Courier-Times New Castle Indiana 14 May 1945
Pvt Max Leisure, Knightstown, killed in Germany, 2nd son of family to die.
Killed - Pvt. Max Leisure
Pvt. Max Leisure, age 27, son of Dora Leisure Knightstown a Henry county infantryman, reported killed action in Germany, is the 2nd member of his family to die for his Country during World War II. A New Castle soldier, previously reported missing in an in action, has notified his family he is safe Pvt. Max Leisure was killed in action in Germany on Feb 26 according to notification reccived Monday by his father Dora Leisure of Knightstown. Pvt. Leisure had previously been reported missing in action since that date. He is the 2nd of 7 brothers serving in the armed forces to be killed in action during World War II. His brother, Pfc Mellis G. Leisure age 23 was killed in action in Germany on March 5.Another brother T/Sgt Robert Leisure has been missing in action since December 19 in Germany. Word of Pvt. Max Leisure's death came from his wife Edith Leisure of Globe, KY who was notified by the war department. Serving with the infantry Pvt Leisure had been overseas a year. He was employed in a war plant at Lansing Mich before his induction, but entered the service from Ky. where he was registered. He took his training at Camp Gordon, Fl.
Pvt. Leisure was born in Shelby County near Morristown. Surviving besides the father and wife are brothers Ora Leisure in the Merchant Marines, Ross Leisure, MoMM 3/c in the Pacific, Cpl. Hal Leisure in Italy, S/Sgt Robert Leisure Missing in action, Hugh Leisure BM 2/c in the Navy and Rolland and Tyrus Leisure both of New Castle and 3 sisters Mrs. Melvin Beck of Carthage, Mrs. Hazel Wright of Lewisville and Mrs. Max Ewing of New Castle.
Courier Times New Castle Indiana 25 Sep 1953
Hurt in Wreck Car skids sideways hits culvert overturns driver booked as drunk
(Picture of Wreck) under picture reads. A wrecker is shown preparing to tow away the wreckage of the automobile which was involved in a one car accident 5 miles south of New Castle on State Road 3 early this morning. Eddie Sheaffer, 24, Knightstown will face a charge of Drunken driving according to Robert Bergin State Trooper; Sheaffer suffered a broken collar bone. Two brothers Ross and Hugh Leisure both of Knightstown are in critical condition at the Henry County Hospital with possible skull fractures, Elaine Huntsman, 24, also of Knightstown is in Poor condition suffering from a broken shoulder, arm and leg.
Courier-times New Castle Indiana 26 Sep 1953
Wreck Victim dies Bring Toll to six
Brother remain in Critical state at the hospital.
Hugh Alexander Leisure 40, Knightstown, one of four persons injured Friday morning in a spectacular auto crash south of the city on Ind-3 died last night at 7:20 o’clock in the Henry County Hospital. His death brought to six the traffic fatalities for the year in Henry County. Death was attributed to a fractured skull. His brother Ross Leisure 38 also of Knightstown remains in critical condition at the hospital today and there was also little improvement noted in the condition of the other two Elaine Huntsman 24 RR1 Knight own, suffering from a broken shoulder, a broken arm, and a broken leg and Eddie Sheaffer, 24, driver of the car, who suffered a broken collarbone. Ross Leisure returned two days ago and it was presumed that the Knightstown people were celebrating his return. He his home on a 30 day leave customary prior to discharge from the army.
Hugh Leisure was native of Hancock County and had resided in Knightstown for a number of years. He was employed by the United States Rubber Company in Indianapolis. Surviving are the father, Dora Leisure of Knightstown, three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Wright and Mrs. Margueritte Ewing and Mrs. Bina Beck all of New Castle, and five brothers, Robert Leisure of Lewisville, Ty Leisure of Dublin, Ora Leisure of Belmont TX, Ben and Ross both of Knightstown. The body was taken to the Butcher funeral home in Knightstown to await funeral arrangements. The family requested that no flowers be sent. Tragedy has struck the Dora Leisure family three previous times. On Dec. 18, 1950 a son Roland Leisure was killed in a traffic accident in Dunreith. Two sons were killed in Germany during World War II. Pfc. Mellis Leisure, 23, was killed in action in Germany March 24, 1945 and Pvt. Max Leisure was killed in action on Feb. 27, 1945.
Courier-Times New Castle Indiana 24 Apr 1967
Margaret Ewing dies at age 57 after brief illnesses.
Margaret Jane Ewing, 57, died Sunday morning in Boxwood Nursing Home after a brief illness. She was the wife of Max Ewing, 125 N. 18th St. Mrs. Ewing, who was widely known as a collector of antiques, was a native of Gwynneville in Rush County. She had resided in New Castle for the past 40 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church and formerly was active in Girl Scouting in the community. Survivors with the husband are, two sisters, Mrs. Melvin Beck of Lewisville Road, and Mrs. Hazel Whitaker of New Castle, five brothers Tyrus Leisure of Cambridge City, Robert Leisure of Lewisville; Howell Leisure of Knightstown, Orie Leisure of Texas, and Ross Leisure of Indianapolis, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10; 30 am in Main and Sons Funeral Home with Rev. William McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery at Knightstown. The family will be at the funeral from 3 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm today and Tuesday.
Courier-Times New Castle Indiana 26 Oct 1989
Robert Leisure veteran of World War I Cambridge City
Robert Leisure, 69, of Route 1, Cambridge City, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening in his home. The Henry County coroner is investigating. Born Dec. 13, 1919 at Morristown, he had lived in Cambridge City all of his life. He was a veteran of World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star medal for service with the U.S. Army in the European Theater. He also had been a prisoner of war. He had been employed by Chrysler Corp. in New Castle and had owned and operated a milk truck, hauling milk for Kraft Foods for over 20 years. He then worked as a repairman for 18 years at Ford Electronics and Refrigeration in Connersville, retiring in 1985.Survivors are his wife, Helena, to whom he had been married 46 years, a son, Robert Shayne Leisure of Cambridge City, a daughter, Paulette Lynn Carlin of Connersville, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren, two sisters, Hazel Whittaker and Vina Beck, both of New Castle, three brothers, Tyrus of Cambridge City, Orie of Beaumont, Texas, and Ross of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. Services will be at the convenience of the family at Marshall Funeral Home in Dublin with burial in Ebenezer Cemetery south of Staughn. Graveside military service will be conducted by the Cambridge City American Legion Lawrence H. Bertsch Post No.196. There will be no public calling.
Courier-Times New Castle Indiana 1 Sep 1990
Helena Mary Leisure area resident since 1943
Helena Mary Leisure, 67, of Cambridge City, died at her Alexandria Bay, NY June 21, 1923, a daughter of Edgar and Jane Elizabeth Snyder; she had lived in Cambridge City area since 1943. She worked 17 years at Ford Electronics and Refrigeration Corp. In Connersville. Survived by a son Shayne Leisure of Richmond, a daughter Paulette Carlin of Connersville, four grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren a brother Paul Snyder of Ellenton, Fl. She was preceded in death by Robert Leisure who died Oct. 24, 1989.Funeral services were Wednesday at Marshall was in Ebenezer Cemetery at Straughn.
Courier-Times New Castle Indiana 17 Feb 1993
Hazel R. Whitaker, member of Church of God
Hazel R. Whitaker, 86, of 1414 S. 22nd, New Castle, died Tuesday evening in Oakwood Health Care Center following a brief illness. She had resided in New Castle since 1933 and was a member of South Memorial Drive Church of God. Born Oct. 28, 1906 in Rush County, she was the daughter of Dora and Anna West Leisure. Survivors include a daughter Darlene (Mrs. Larry) Mason of New Castle, two sons, Elmer Hileman of rural New Castle and James of New Castle six grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren a sister Vina Beck of New Castle three brothers Ty Leisure of Cambridge City, Ross Leisure of Indianapolis and Ora Leisure of Texas and several nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters. Services are 11 am Friday in Macer-Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Jody Hill and Bob Cole officiating. Burial will be in South Mound Cemetery. Friends May call 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm Thursday.