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June 16, 2014 9:53 am
Don Leisey

  Congratulations for their graduation from high school: Katarina Leisey, daughter of Christopher Leisey and Trey Teague, son of William and Kathryn Leisey Teague. Their grandparents are Alvin L. Leisey, Jr. and Mary Helen Abbott Leisey.
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June 10, 2014 3:00 pm
Don Leisey

  Mary Ellen Leisey Baker sent me information about her deceased husband, Jerry William Baker military service, for the Honor Roll of Leiseys/Leisys who served in the military:
"Sp/4 Jerry William Baker served in the US Army from 1968-1970. He saw action in Vietnam as a driver of an APC (armored personnel carrier)."

Again, I apologize to Mary Ellen and her family for not remembering Jerry's military service. If you have a family member that I missed, please email me the person's full name, rank at discharge, what years he/she served, a picture in uniform and any awards/honors received and a brief summary of his/her service.
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June 01, 2014 3:15 pm
Don Leisey

  Dear Leiseys:
Whenever I send out something to recognize a group of people I am concerned that I may have missed somebody. I apologize to Fred Brown, Sandra Leisey Brown's husband for not recognizing him in the email I sent out last Monday regarding "Leiseys who served our country in the military."

Fred had a very distinguished, 20 year career in the US Air Force from 1959 to 1979, retiring as a Master Sergeant. Fred began his Air Force career as an electrician, spent a tour of duty in Viet Nam keeping runways lit, and ended his career in the military as a computer systems analyst.

While serving at the Lackland and Brooks AF Bases in San Antonio, Texas, Fred met his wife, Sandy, daughter of Robert B. (deceased) and Betty Jane Stauffer Leisey, where she was also serving our country in the US Air Force. After graduation from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Sandy enlisted into a research specialty field of only 100 people world-wide that required a degree in psychology. Sandy served in active duty from 1974 to 1978 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

Fred and Sandy have recently moved from Austin, Texas where they lived for 34 years to Sun City outside of Georgetown, Texas.

If I missed anyone else, please let me know so we can recognize you for your military service.
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May 26, 2014 1:12 pm
Don Leisey

  Dear Family:
Memorial day is a holiday to recognize and honor those individuals who lost their lives by serving our country in the military. Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, dates back to 1866, shortly after the Civil War ended. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday.

When I was a child growing up in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, we celebrated Memorial Day with a parade to honor those who gave their lives in war. Veterans would proudly march in the parade wearing their military uniforms. At the cemeteries, the graves of veterans were identified by American flags. We decorated our bicycles with crepe paper and flags following the parade to the two cemeteries in town. Younger children accompanied by their parents would also decorate their tricycles. Once at the cemetery, there would be a prayer and the Veterans would give a salute to honor the dead by firing numerous rounds of non-explosive bullets from their rifles. In closing, someone would play the TAPS on a trumpet. A very touching ceremony.

Many Leiseys have served in the United States military. Some came home with mental/physical scars and some did not come home at all. We are going to establish a page on our Website, www. to honor the men and women who have served in the military of our great nation. The following is my summation of those that I know from my immediate family's who served in the United States Military.

Please submit your information about those in your family who have served in the military on the Discussion Board at Please give their branch of service, discharged rank, and dates they served.

I am proud that members of my family responded when called upon to defend our country. My father, Sgt. Alvin L. Leisey, Sr. served in the US Army during WW I (1917-1921) on the battlefields of Belleau Wood and Aragone Forest. He was a member of Battery F -- 310th Field Artillary. He was assigned to this unit because as a farmer, Dad was accustomed to managing teams of mules and horses. Dad advanced through the ranks rapidly and was given a battlefield promotion to sergeant managing a team of mules that were used to pull the canons. ( more about the service of Alivn L. Leisey Sr. on the Website entitled "Sergeant Alvin Leisey Sr. in WW!, Battery F 310 Field Artillery).

My brothers, Alvin L. Leisey Jr. and Melvin T. Leisey served in WW II.
PFC Alvin Jt. (1942-45) served as a Marine in the Pacific Campaign in Guadacanal and other Marshall Islands. Alvin Jr. earned a Purple Heart when shot by a sniper. He was also blown out of a fox hole on Engebi Island in the Eniwetok Atoll. (Read WWII Experiences of PFC Alvin L. Leisey, Jr - USMC)

My brother, Gunner's Mate, Melvin "Meb" Leisey, joined the Navy (1942-45) shortly after the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor and was sent to the European Campaign. He was assigned to LST 57 during the Battle of Normandy at Omaha Beach. Fortunately, Meb and the crew on the LST 57 were one of few LSTs that escaped the area with minimal damage after unloading personnel and equipment.
(Read Remembering Meb on Leisey Family Website)

Even "Leisey Women" were involved in WW II. My mother, E. Marie Leisey worked in a factory in Honey Brook, PA helping to make uniforms for the troops. (Read Life in the Alvin Lewis Leisey, Sr. and E. Marie Leisey Family)

Alvin Jr's wife, Mary Helen Abbott Leisey, a nurse, joined the Cadet Nurse Corps (1943-45) and was assigned to the Deshon Army Hospital in Butler, PA.
(Read more about Mary Helen Abbott Leisey on the Leisey Family Website)

Melvin's wife Kathryn "Chookie" Simpson Leisey worked at Stauffer's Machine Shop in Honey Brook, PA making 7 inch shells for the US Navy. She lost half of three fingers on her right hand while operating a lath. (read about Chookie on the Leisey Family Geneology at

Even my wife, Pat's family suffered tragedy during WW II. Pat, age 3 was living with her father, David Arnot, and mother, Margaret, all citizens of Great Britain were living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (now Malasia) where her father was head of forestry for the British Crown. Shortly after the Japanese bombed Pear Harbor, her father was inducted as an officer into the British Military. Pat and her pregnant mother were evacuated to Hobart, Tasmania for safe keeping. Her father lost his life shortly after entering the military when a bridge blew up while he was on it. He was listed as Missing in Action for several years after the war. (You can read more about Pat's life by scrolling down on the Discussion Board.)

My brother, Robert B. Leisey's Pennsylvania National Guard Unit was on standing alert for a long period of time during the Korean War in the 1950s. (See Bob's Eulogies on the Leisey Family Website.)

My nephew, James Leisey (Melvin's and Kathryn's son) served in the US Army. My nephew, Thomas Leisey ( Melvin's and Kathryn"s oldest son), my neice, Sandra Leisey ( Bob's and Betty Jane's daughter) and La Loni Leisey Bryan's ( Alvin Jr.'s and Mary Helen's daughter) husband, Clark all served in the Air Force.

I regret that I did not serve in the military, but I am proud and appreciative of all those who did serve in our country's military. The closest I came to serving was as a school principal with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Japan at Wakkanai Air Station on Hokkaido and Tachikawa AFB outside of Tokyoin from 1964-67, educating boys and girls of US Air Force personnel.
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May 22, 2014 9:49 pm
Raymond Leisy

  It came to my attention that a researcher from the LDS entered a fragment that Joseph Leisey was from an area near Bern Switzerland. I contacted the LDS and they have nothng else and do not know where the information came from. It makes sense because the second wave of Swiss imigants came to Lancaster in the 1760-1770's.

I contacted a researcher in Bern and he says the records are church specific, they did not have centralized records until 1870, and he needs more info.

So, I have written to the Pennsylvania State Archives in hopes that Joseph's and Catherines oath says where they were from or their indentured servant contract has a specific City.

Recently, as part of my job in Kidron, Ohio (a Swiss Mennonite Coumminty) I gave a tour to a group of people from Bern, Switzerland. Some knew of a group of Lyssy's (their spelling) around Bern who run a big national bakery and some of whom are international concert violinists. We were speaking in German so I think I have it right.

Still looking, but the family may be Swiss and not German.

As you will note from recent addtions to the family tree by Dwight, there are more folks in the family who driopped the second "e" like my ancestor Heinich (Henry).

There was a lot of persecution of Mennonites in Switzerland in the 1700's and many fled to France, Germany and North America, like Joseph and Catherine.

The large Leisy Beer family is from Friedelsheim Germany (to the US about 1830) and I hope that someday we can connect our family to theirs, not just because they spell the name "Leisy."

Keep looking!
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April 09, 2014 4:06 pm
Tamara Leisey

  Dear family,
I'm delighted to announce that I recently married Silvestre Hernandez-Reyes. We had a small marriage ceremony with a few close friends overlooking the Tampa Bay in St Petersburg, FL on 3/28/2014. We currently reside in Gainesville, FL.
Best wishes to all!
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March 24, 2014 6:24 am
Mary Ellen (Leisey) Baker

  A new family member has arrived ! Born to Jeffrey & Laura Baker, a daughter, Emma Charlotte, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Frederick, Maryland. She joins big brother, Eli, who is very happy to have a little sister, even tho she makes alot of noise. Grandparents are Mary Ellen (Leisey) Baker & the late Jerry W. Baker. Great-grandparents are Alvin L. and Mary Helen Leisey.
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March 03, 2014 1:36 pm
Raymond Leisy

  Lavonne Leisy Wukas passed away in Glen Ellyn Illinois on February 14, 2014.
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March 03, 2014 10:35 am
Don Leisey

  Dwight Finger, has forwarded me the following updates to our website:

Changed the wife of Jacob Leisey to "Sarah"
Added 2 children to the above, Jacob and Henry
Added husband, Samuel Shuler to daughter Catherine

Added children to Samuel Shuler and Catherine Leisy
Daughter Susan Jane Shuler married Percival Kindt, and they had children, but these are not entered.

Added children to Edwin Leisey

Added Onesinius Lafayette Leisey, who was born in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming, Montana and Sacramento. He changed his name to Joseph around 1920. He died in Placer County, California and is buried in Old Auburn Cemetery.

Added children of Albert Franklin Leisey, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma. There is a Richard Vernon Leisy and a Vernon Leisy. At first it appeared these might be the same person, but they are listed separately on the 1920 census. I have not found wives and children of Albert's kids.

John G. Leisey has 6 children, these are not entered.

There are some more minor details that have been updated, but I did not note them.
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January 13, 2014 9:03 pm
John Clocker O'Berry

  Don, I was thrilled to read the accounts of your father, Sergeant Alvin Lewis Leisey, Sr. My Grandfather, Robert Clocker Oberry SN 1777209, Served as a Corporal in the 310th F.A. Battery "F", Entering Service 28 Sept 1917 to his Discharge 6 Jun 1919.

I was hoping you may have additional photos or information on their Unit.

I never met my grandfather, so reading your story was special to me.

Feel free to contact me if you have any thing to share.

Warmest Regards,
John C O'Berry
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