Robert Floyd Leepa, 89, of Ellicott City passed away March 9, 2020. He was born on November 5th, 1930 to Robert Fred Leepa and Ernastine Victoria Fricbergs Leepa in Allentown, PA and raised in Phillipsburg, NJ. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Lafayette College in 1953.
Bob started at Westinghouse right out of school and was shortly drafted for service and served as a Lieutenant during the Korean war. After the war he returned to Westinghouse and completed 41 years of service as an engineer and engineering manager prior to retiring in 1994. Bob participated and led multiple projects, including lighting systems for Apollo missions, the hatch interface for the Apollo-Soyuz mission, and multiple domestic and international defense projects.
In retirement Bob did not slow down one bit. He joined the Maryland Mountain Club and the Maryland Biking Club and spent many days outdoors. He also joined many organizations where he could learn and serve the community.
Bob served with the Hearing Loss Association of America, Baltimore Chapter for over a decade, serving on the board and holding multiple positions, including treasurer, vice-president, and president.
Bob was a car enthusiast, keeping busy in his six-car garage. He was a member of the Chrysler Products Club (an award winning 53 New Yorker), the Alpha Romeo Club (72 Alpha GTV 2000), the Corvair Club (65 Corvair Monza), the Sports Car Club of America (53 XK120 Fixed Head Coupe), and the Antique Car Club of America. He worked hard to keep his cars in immaculate condition and took delight in exhibiting the results of his labor at local and regional events.
Woodworking was a passion for Bob and he built many pieces for his own home, his children and grandchildren; furniture, rocking horses, cedar chests, benches, doll cribs, and other special projects that are used and cherished to this day.
Bob was active in multiple Christian churches throughout the years and was a founding member of Covenant Fellowship meeting in Marriottsville. Bob served on many church boards and spent many days serving with Habitat for Humanity building homes in Baltimore city. He regularly prayed for his family and was always thankful to the Lord for the blessings this life had brought him.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Auhl Leepa, his sons, Robert C. Leepa of Edgewood, MD, Douglas C. Leepa of Hollywood, MD, Christopher W. Leepa, of Clarksville, MD and his 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Morgan, Andrew, Michael, Gwenn, Daniel, Elaina, Elizabeth, Abigail, and Sarah.
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