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Zane "Big Daddy" Leeper, 83, of New Castle passed away the morning of Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at his residence.
Born on Sept. 8, 1934, in Youngstown, Ohio, he was a son of the late Edgar (Dutch) and Virginia Pitzer Leeper.
On June 22, 1980, he married his beloved wife, the former Marjorie F. Selig, and the two of them spent more than 27 years together until she preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 2008.
Raised in Edinburg, Zane graduated from Union High School in 1952.
He retired from the truck scales department of Sharon Steel after 40 years of working.
Zane also served his country as a member of the Army and Army Reserves.
He was a member of the former Edinburg Methodist Church. Zane was a diehard Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and he also loved old western movies and country music.
He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Zane is survived by his daughter, Tina Barbato and husband, Guy, of New Castle; brother, Dave Leeper and wife, Caroline, of Edinburg; sister, Linda Feil of West Middlesex; special cousin, Ron Felger; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert E. Steffee II.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
Memorial services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, officiated by the Rev. Matthew Bupp.
Interment will take place in Parkside Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on December 25, 2017
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