Paul Leeper Obituary

Paul  Leeper
Paul Leeper

December 4, 1932 - August 2, 2022
Born in Knoxville, Iowa
Resided in Altoona, Iowa
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On the evening of August 2, 2022, Paul Ronald Leeper passed peacefully from this world to the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A memorial service will be held at Iles Grandview Park Funeral Home at 11am on the morning of Wednesday August 10, 2022. Please join us as we honor him on his journey to his eternal heavenly home. Interment at the Altoona Cemetery will immediately follow.

Paul was born on December 4, 1932 to William and Una in Knoxville, Iowa. He graduated from Knoxville High School where he excelled at football. In 1952, Paul hitchhiked from Knoxville to Des Moines to join the Navy. He was assigned to the USS Saint Paul (CA-73) based in Long Beach, California. On December 18, 1954 he married Wanda Allen, whom he cherished for the rest of his days. Paul's active duty ended on March 30, 1956, though he served 4 more years in the Navy Reserves. He received an honorable discharge in 1960.

Paul carried many medals, including the National Defense Service medal, UN Service medal, China Service medal, Korean Service medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and a Medal of Good Conduct.

As a machinist, Paul worked for Delavan and, later, Townsend Engineering.

Paul enjoyed staying busy. When he was younger, he could dance circles around you wearing roller skates. As he matured you could find him fishing, woodworking, doing jigsaw puzzles or reading Louis L'Amour.

Paul was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather and Christian. He is survived by his wife Wanda; his sons, Terry (Kari) and Michael (Laura), and grandchildren Nick (Nicole), Eric (Kristen), Gage (Daniela), Andie, Jessie and Jennifer.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences are welcome at

From all of us that love him, he will be so missed.

Arrangements by Iles Grandview Park Chapel.





Iles Grandview Park Chapel
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Iles Grandview Park Chapel
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
11:00 AM
Altoona Cemetery*
NW corner of NE 50th Avenue and NE 80th Street
Altoona, IA 50009
Wednesday, August 10, 2022