Gregory E. “Greg” Leslie, 58, Country Club, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from late stage pancreatic cancer diagnosed in early July 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born February 4, 1959 to Phillip E. and K. Mardine (Denger) Leslie at Dallas County Hospital in Perry, Iowa. Greg was raised in Perry where he attended grade school, the Dawson, Iowa 5th grade school, and then completed Junior High School in Perry. He graduated from Perry Community High School in 1977. After high school he enrolled in the University of Iowa and graduated in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Political Science. Greg was a loyal Hawkeye fan and was often referred to as Mr. Hawkeye as he proudly sported the black and gold and cruised around in what he commonly referred to as the “Hawkeye” Jeep.
After college, Greg was employed with the City of Iowa City, Iowa in 1982 in the transit division as a bus operator and was later promoted and served as an Operations Supervisor. In 1988 Greg took a position with ATE/Ryder Management and Service Company where he was hired as an Associate. He was later appointed the Assistant General Manager for the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, in Peoria, IL. In 1991, he was appointed the Transit General Manager for the City of St. Joseph, MO. He served in this capacity for 6 years. He also served as Secretary of the Missouri Public Transit Association in 1996 & 1997. In 1998, he accepted a position with Shelter Insurance Companies as a Property Casualty resident adjuster. Mr. Leslie remained employed by Shelter Insurance as a resident Auto Adjuster until the time of his death. Greg was also a member of the St. Joseph Host Lions Club where he went through the chairs as a 1st and 2nd Vice President and then President.
Greg was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, his parents; brother, Warren A. Leslie, and beloved companion of twelve years, his floppy eared Schnauzer, Sox.
He dearly loved his son, Paul and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth, who blessed him with two beautiful grandchildren, Zoey and Stephen.
Greg was an avid sports enthusiast but was especially fanatic about his beloved Hawkeyes and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Survivors include his son, Paul Leslie (Elizabeth), Country Club Village, MO; grandchildren, Zoey and Stephen Leslie; brother, Dennis Leslie (Susan), Perry, Iowa; brother, Lynn Leslie (Sarah), Garrettsville, OH; sister, Kita Goodson (James), Clive, IA; former wife, Mary Dean, Andrew County, MO; and dear friend, Kathie Lawrence, St. Joseph, MO.
Farewell Services 3:00 P.M. Friday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. The family requests donations in remembrance of Greg to be made to the St. Joseph Host Lions Club and/or the University of Iowa Foundation. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.
A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry, IA. Date and time will be announced at a later date.