Melvin Clifford "Mel" Leak

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MELVIN CLIFFORD LEAK
June 25, 1922 ˜ September 22,
2018

Melvin Leak passed after living a healthy 96 years. The oldest of 4 siblings, he was raised in Kansas. His midwest roots forming the man he became: kind, honest and easy going. He was an outstanding athlete, lettering in all sports and most proud of his 30 year pole vault record.
Mel enlisted in the Navy and told the story of how playing poker late one night saved his life when a torpedo hit where he should have been sleeping.
Many small decisions changed his life: meeting his first wife Darleen in the service resulting in not only two daughters, Barbara and Patti, but a move to Washington, where he lived the rest of his life in Vancouver and Portland, working for the railroad.
Mel married two other times and enjoyed being step dad to Gary, Daryl and Darcy Rice.
But his passion was ballroom dancing several times a week at various lodges into his 90s. That is the way we will most remember him.
Mel is survived by his brother, Duane Leak (Dolores); companion, Barb Pringle; daughters, Patti Harris (Scott Hinish), Barbara Hudson (Van); grandkids, Cody Harris, Corri Sigler; and great-grandson, Draven Harris.
Please join us for a Celebration of Life, Sun., Oct. 7, 2:00 at the Elks in Vancouver. And bring your dancing shoes!
Please sign his guest book @www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Sept. 30, 2018
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