Estes Park resident Robert Leiper died at Windsor Healthcare Center on Saturday, October 10, 2009. He was 82 years old. Robert A. Leiper was born August 2, 1927 in Dunbar, NE. His parents were Charles D. and Elizabeth (McClenahan) Leiper.
Robert lived in the Pittsburg, PA suburb of Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1946. He attended Monmouth, IL Presbyterian College and Xenia Theological Seminary in Pittsburg. At Monmouth, he studied engineering, then followed a call to ministry. He later returned to graduate as an engineer. Robert married Dorothy Swiontek on December 27, 1951 at the United Presbyterian Church in Hammond, IN. Robert started his career at R.B.M. Essex Wire in Logansport, IN in relay design. He also worked for Mechanical Products in Jackson, MI on aircraft circuit design; North American Aviation in Los Angeles, CA on X B 70 Mach aircraft, design of power distribution; the microswitch division of Honeywell Corp. in Freeport IL working on design engineering on reed switch devices low inertia magnetic circuitry; Crucible Magnetics in Elizabeth, KY; Fansteel Electrometals in North Chicago, IL as Manager of Applications Engineering working on electric contact design. Robert formed Chugai, U.S.A. in Waukegan, IL to supply Ford and its suppliers with electric contact for switch devices. He retired as an Applications Management Engineer in September 1992. He is a member of IEEE and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Robert vacationed in Estes Park, CO with his family since his childhood. In 1993 he and Dorothy started visiting and working summers. He worked at the KOA Kampground. They bought a home in 1998 and became permanent residents of Estes Park. Robert was ordained as an Elder in the early 1960s. He was a member of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies. He served on the Board of Session from 2000-2003. He served with the Stephen Ministers.
Robert is survived by his wife, Dorothy Leiper of Estes Park, CO; sons David Leiper and wife Mary of Stockton, IL, Mark Leiper and wife Lois of Loveland, CO, and Steven Leiper of Gurnee, IL; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers at birth and a sister.
A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, Organ Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to see Robert’s on-line obituary and send a message to the family.