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Updated: 01/15/2014 08:00:03AM

Charles R. Leader

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Charles R. Leader

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Charles Richard Leader, age 80, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Chambersburg, Pa., died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Venice, Fla.

Dick was born Nov. 8, 1933, in Three Springs, Pa., to James W. Leader and Lillian W. (Madden) Leader. He was the fourth of six children: two sisters and three brothers. Dick was a life-long Lutheran and an active church participant wherever he lived.

Dick was married to Myralin S. (Straley) of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., who preceded him in death on Sept. 24, 2003. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Mindy S. Straley; two brothers; and one sister. As a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Venice, Fla., he developed many friends and was a companion with Truda Bianco for many years.

After high school and a tour with the Navy Reserves and the U.S. Marine Corps (serving a tour of duty in Korea) he attended Millersville State Teachers College, where he earned a B.S. and a master’s degree in vocational education.

He and his late wife were seasonal residents of Venice, Fla., since the early 1960s, and after their retirements from teaching they moved permanently to Venice, Fla., in 1991.

Dick was always active in community service and a long-standing member of the Freemasons, Shriners, Elks and American Legion. He loved to travel and cruise all his life and had many wonderful travel experiences with his friend Truda.

Several years ago he made a “round the world” trip, which took several months and gave him many stories to tell throughout his life.

Dick was an accomplished artist and woodworker and spent many hours at his hobbies.

Services: There will be a Memorial Service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Venice, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m. A second Memorial Service and family reunion will be held in July at the Walnut Grove Church of God in Pennsylvania, with the date and time to be announced at a later date. Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements. To send condolences: visit: