In Memory of

Leon Royce Chase

September 28, 1939 - April 4, 2019
From: Meriden, IA
Leon R. Chase, age 79, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife, Susan and his family following a 2 year brave battle against cancer. His wish was to be cremated and a visitation with the family will be on April 27th from 4-7pm at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home with burial at a later date. 
He was born on September 28, 1939 at home in Meriden Iowa to Elmore and Katherine (Bork) Chase.  Leon was a lifelong resident of Cherokee County. He graduated high school from Meriden High School in 1958 then proudly served his country in the United States Marines Corps. He worked at Modern Heating and Cooling and then gave 22 years to Wilson Foods. As a result of an injury, he was then able to pursue his passion of becoming a gunsmith. He attended Pine Technical & Community College in Pine City, Minnesota, graduating with a Gunsmithing and Firearms Degree. He owned Liberty Gunsmith for several years before continuing his skill working with Barry Johnson at Highway 3 Guns & Ammo.  In addition to gunsmithing, he had a love of reading, wood working, watching baseball or local school athletics and cheering on his special grandnephew and grandniece, Ty & Madi Schlichting at whatever events they participated in, who lovingly referred to him as “Buddy”.  Leon loved simple pleasures in life such as drives with Susan to visit the Freedom Rocks throughout Iowa.
Leon married Peggy Mason June 28, 1963 and she passed away on May 21, 1981. To this union, four children were born, Cheryl, Karla, Chad and Kory. He married Susan Steward on March 12, 1984. This union brought 3 children, Patti, Keith “Ole” and Tracy to the blended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Peggy; a sister Nadine Weiss, a sister-in-law Connie Chase and a niece Holly Maher.
Leon is survived by his devoted wife, Susan; children, Cheryl (Brent) Broyles of Las Vegas, NV;  Karla of Orange City, IA; Chad of Jacksonville, FL and Kory (Mercedes) of Vacaville, CA; Patti (Dawn) Otis of Corvallis, OR; Keith “Ole” (Melissa) Renken of Palmerston, PA; Tracy (Jamie) Renken of Cleghorn, IA; his grandchildren, Stacy Broyles, Tiffani (Blake Hofmann) Broyles, Jason Broyles, Makenna and Lily Chase, Erin (Lindsey) Renken, Luke Renken; one great granddaughter Bailey Hofmann ; a brother, Gary (Mary) Chase of Cherokee, IA; Maryann (Denny) Maher of Storm Lake, IA; Sandra (Duane) Fitchett of Storm Lake, IA; Bryan Chase and his special friend Roger Peterson of Cherokee, IA and brother-in-law, Gary Weiss of Elgin, IL. Leon will also be fondly remembered by an extended family of several brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews. 
He was loved, is missed and will always be cherished.
Tribute Video

There will not be a formal service. A visitation with the family will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.

Burial will be at a later date.


Monday, April 29, 2019 at 3:44 PM
“Karla: We learned of your dad's passing from this life to life eternal this past weekend and are praying for you and your family as you gather and/or otherwise communicate. As memories come to mind in the future (which they will--often without warning) we hope you find reasons to smile even as tears may flow. What an interesting life your father had. Now we see more clearly why your pursuits and abilities are wide-spread and successful. I'm sure you learned much from him--and shared common interests. May the peace that passes understanding be yours now and in the days & weeks ahead.”
- Hadley & Kendall Hoover
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 9:31 AM
“We were sad to hear about the passing of Leon. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
With Our Deepest Sympathies,
Lauren & Mary Lynn ”
- Lauren & Mary Lynn Glasser
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM
- Hope McCollam
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Sue and families....the awesome video you shared will give you many loved and lasting memories!”
- Mike and Judy Gravenish
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM
“My sympathy to the Chase family.”
- Nancy Parrott
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM
“We are deeply sorry about the loss of Leon. As you grieve, know that we remember and honor him. Wishing you moments of peace and comfort during this difficult time. ”
- Tim and Jodi Flaherty
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM
“Oh Susie and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Such a great man and I always enjoyed visiting with you two at the store. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Jerome and Patsy Day
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 9:42 AM
“To Cheryl, Karla, Chad and Korey and the rest of Leon's family....I am so sorry to hear about Leon..he was a great guy...I worked
with your Mother, Peggy at the dental office In Cherokee Iowa, back in the late 60's before you children were born..she was a great
gal and I loved working with her...I was devastated when she passed away.. May GOD be with you at this difficult time ….GOD BLESS
ALL OF YOU....Love and Prayers, Norma”
- Norma J. Hanson
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“We are sorry to hear about your loss. May God wrap his arms around each of you and provide you strength. May you each remember all the great memories that you had together. Sending our prayers and sincere sympathy to you during this difficult time”
- Chris and Jena Munson
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“Sue and family, so sorry to hear your news, May your memories of happy times bring you joy and peace.”
- corrine lundell
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“Sympathy to the family of Leon. We had lost track of him the last years. Years ago we had a card club with them and friends and my husband had him work on a rifle that his brother who sent him one home during the Korean War. I’m sure he is resting in peace and is watching over you all. God be with you all”
- Don and LaDonna Hurtig
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“Prayers for Kory and the entire family. Peace to you all at this tough time.”
- Julie (Voetberg) Sedore
Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 9:21 AM
“Rest In Peace, Leon! Semper Fi
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
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