Leander Jancy Schmucker

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Lee, as he preferred to be called, was born in Nappanee, Indiana, to Jancy E and Martha Ella (Troyer) Schmucker. He passed away at his home in Morrison Colorado of natural causes, following a 2-year illness. He was comforted by the promise of his Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.


Lee decided to retire in June of 2019 to concentrate on his recovery and to enjoy more leisure time. Lee was a highly skilled machinist by profession for over 30 years. Prior to his profession, he attended various colleges in Colorado including "School of Mines". He received various degrees including a Bachelor of Science in 1982. He especially enjoyed science and engineering. 


Lee said that he remained a student of life, and was fond of learning all throughout his life. He enjoyed outdoor activities, traveling, riding his motorcycle, skiing, hiking, and watching the Denver Broncos. Visiting or chatting with family, close friends, neighbors, and people in general; brought joy to his life. Lee was enthusiastic about attending family reunions, he cherished catching up as well as reminiscing about earlier times.


He leaves to mourn; his son Pete Michael (Blanca) Saragosa, grandson Michael Saragosa Arvada, CO, close friends Ahn Nguyen and Hai Nguyen Denver, CO, Rich and Betty Jokinen El Paso, TX. Also surviving are 3-Sisters; Rosie (Ervin) Gingerich Drakesville, IA, Edna Mae Schmucker Nappanee, IN, Mary Ellen, (Levi) Miller Nappanee, IN, and 4-Brothers; Melvin (Erma) Schmucker Etna Green, IN, Ezra (LeAnna), Schmucker Nappanee, IN, Simon (Martha) Schmucker Goshen, IN, Marion (Frieda) Schmucker, Nappanee, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1-infant sister Miriam, 3-brothers, Daniel, Jancy Jr. and David.


During his illness Lee was touched by the outpouring of encouragement, prayers, presence, and support from everyone; his family, close friends, and neighbors. Thanks to everyone for their thoughtfulness, kindness, and prayers.


Lee’s wishes were to be laid to rest in the mountains of Colorado, west of his home. 

A celebration of his life will be planned at a later date in Colorado, and Indiana 

(due to COVID-19).


Lee will be missed… “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor 15:57

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Rev. 21:4


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  1. My Dad always told me my middle name was Lee for my Uncle Lee.   My memories of Lee were of him coming to family reunions.  We would get to see him every few years.  One memory was at Granpa Schmucker's funeral, at the time my Dad, Daniel, was in the hospital with Leukemia.    Lee had a car phone in his rental, a new thing in 93, he was gracious and called Dad from the burial to help Dad have a feeling of involvement.   
    Lee was always a little bigger than life for me since he moved away, had several degrees and worked as a professional.  

  2. I had the good fortune to work with Lee in the last few years before he retired. Lee was a wealth of knowledge; he was always happy to give good guidance and share his vast experience in machining.
    I frequently find his hand written notes in our workplace and think of him often. I am very sad to learn of his passing. 
    Thank you Lee! You are missed.

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