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Vernon D Leiser

Newport, Washington

October 11, 2010

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
82 Air Force CMSgt

 

 He achieved the highest enlisted rank (E9) and these awards:

Air Force Comendation medal
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Good Conduct Medal with looped bar to indicate aditional awards.
American defense Medal
WWII Victory Medal
Aemy of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Air force Longevity Service & 3 Oak-Leaf Clusters
USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

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October 16, 2010

Chief Master Sergeant Vernon D. Leiser
United States Air Force (retired)
3 Jan 1928 11 Oct 2010 Newport

Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Vernon D. Leiser passed away, surrounded by family, on Monday, 11 Oct 2010 at age 82 following a short illness. He was born 3 Jan 1928 in Greenwood County, Kansas to Albert Emil and Kathryn Ann (Burger) Leiser, and was the youngest of eleven children.

Vern grew up on a farm on the plains of Kansas during the Great Depression. His father (who was born just eight years following the end of the Civil War) died when Vern was six years old, and he was subsequently raised by his mother and step-father.

Vern graduated from Lamont (Kansas) High School in 1946, and upon graduation, enlisted in the Army Air Corps (AAC). When the Air Force was created in 1947, he was given the choice of staying with the AAC or transferring over to the newly created Air Force. He weighed his options and decided that the Air Force was the right fit. This move proved to be the best one for him, because in just twelve short years, he achieved the highest enlisted rank (E9); a feat that in the Air Force of 1958 as well as today, is normally accomplished in 18-20 years and frequently longer. During his military career, he was known to be strict and mission oriented, but fair. Chief Leiser served in Africa, Japan, Louisiana, and North Dakota. Following his retirement in 1966, Vern settled in the Priest River area, purchasing 160 acres and building a home near Bear Paw Creek in Snow Valley. Shortly thereafter, he found employment as a hod-carrier with Fred Lesiak, a local farmer and mason. In May of 1971, Vern went to work for the US Forest Service. He was assigned to the Falls Ranger Station until it closed and was then transferred to the Priest Lake Ranger District. While employed with the Forest Service, Vern worked in the Recreation Dept and the Roads Dept. He retired from the Forest Service in November 1988. 

His retirement years were spent involved in family history, church service (serving as Bishop of the Priest River Ward of the LDS Church during the 1970s, as well as numerous other positions). At the time of his death, he was serving as Executive Secretary to the Bishop.

Vernon Dale Leiser is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers. He is survived by his loving wife and companion, Judy, at the family home in Newport, one daughter and two sons, Sandy [and James] of Snowflake, Arizona), (Mark [and Michelle] of Hayden, Idaho - - Shane [and Linda] of Twin Falls, Idaho. He is also survived by four step-children, Mark Ford of Hawaii, Craig Ford of Meridian, Bob Ford of Mountain Home, Idaho and Lynnette Ford of Newport. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two sisters, and one brother (ages 88, 90 and 94).

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