Maurice Leatherman

On July 7, 2019, Maurice “Rip” Leatherman passed away at the age of 92. Maurice was born Sept. 5, 1926, in Morgantown, to Noah and Olive Leatherman.

He graduated from Morgantown High School and enlisted in the Merchant Marines, where he served in the Pacific Arena during World War II. Maurice married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Maust in 1953, and they had one child, Wayne. Maurice was employed at the U.S. Government Printing Office, in Washington, D.C., and retired from there.
Maurice had many hobbies, some of which included watching sports and rooting for West Virginia University and the Redskins. He enjoyed playing bridge, golf, square dancing and traveling the world. He was a life member of the VFW and The American Legion, a member of the Elks, Moose, Fleet Reserve and The Smithsonian Institution. He was an avid reader and had a great appreciation for the arts, especially poetry and music. To Rip, the glass was always half full. His goal was to leave those he encountered feeling better after he conversed with them.

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