Roger Edward Leavitt was born May 20, 1925, the son of Roger T. and Bernice (Briggs) Leavitt. Roger graduated from Marcus Public Schools in May 1943. He served in the Army Infantry at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Upon his return from the service, Roger attended two years at Morningside College in Sioux City and graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
After working in Chicago three years, he returned to Marcus and worked at Marcus Lumber.
Roger married Elaine McQueen of Washta on June 24, 1962. They have two children, Kathy and Tom. Kathy and her husband, Henry Ford, live in Waterloo and are the parents of five children. Tom and his wife, Becky, live in Marcus and are the parents of three children.
Roger was active in many community activities through the years, principally as a volunteer on the fire and rescue squad for 28 years, three terms on the local school board and three terms on the AEA Board.
He is survived by his wife Elaine; his children and their spouses; six grandchildren; and his brother John (Donna) Leavitt of Marcus.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandsons Isaiah Edward Leavitt and Sawyer Roger Leavitt.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. The Rev. Ron Rice will officiate. Burial will follow at Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by F.I. Goodburn Post # 517 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Wednesday.
The Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus is assisting Roger's family with funeral arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.