Colonel Ercie J. Leach, US Army (Retired), 81, of Summerville, SC, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 1, 2013 at home after a prolonged illness.
The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12 o’clock PM at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville, SC. At a later date he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 75817, Topeka, KS 66675 or Bethany United Methodist Church, 118 W. 3rd Street South, Summerville, SC 29483.
He was born to Lucy and Riley Leach on September 26, 1931 in Beaver Dam, KY. He attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, and graduated from Omaha University in Omaha, NE. He enlisted in the US Army in 1952. During his military career he was an Artillerymen and a Pilot. Some highlights of his career include working at the Pentagon and flying President Harry S. Truman. He earned many citations and awards including; Legion of Merit Award, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired in 1983 with thirty one years in the service.
He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville, SC and attended the Sue Knight Sunday School Class.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorrine Leach; Daughters: Kathy Weeks of Summerville, Suzanne Ferrari (Randy) of Dallas, TX, Michelle Schoenhardt (Tim) of Sacramento, CA and Danielle Gunter (Marty) of Summerville; Five Grandchildren: Shelby Ferrari, Meghan and Hannah Schoenhardt, Lucy and Riley Gunter; Two Brothers: Willis Leach of Bowling Green, KY and Logan Leach of Beaver Dam, KY; Two Sisters: Beverly Hiatt of Lake Charles, LA and Joan Hobdy of Beaver Dam, KY and many extended family members and close friends. He is predeceased in death by his parents and eight siblings. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at www.jamesadyal.com. ARRANGEMENTS BY JAMES A. DYAL FUNERAL HOME, 303 S. MAIN STREET, SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483 (843) 873-4040.