Biography of Leon A. Sears
North Central Ohio Biographies

Leon A. Sears. One of the leading citizens of North Central Ohio is Leon A. Sears, who is serving as city manager of Oberlin. He is also a veteran of the World War. Mr. Sears was born at LaGrange, Ind., Feb. 24, 1896, the son of Charles W. and Jeanette (Landon) Sears.

Charles W. Sears was a native of Sturgis, Mich., and in early life was interested in general farming in Michigan. He later lived at LaGrange, Ind. Mr. Sears died in 1923 and his wife died in 1921. He was a Republican, held membership in the Methodist Church, and belonged to the Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. There were three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Sears: Hulda, married Earl Niles, lives at Fort Wayne, Ind.; Frederick, lives at Three Rivers, Mich.; and Leon A., the subject of this sketch.

The boyhood of Leon A. Sears was spent in Indiana and Michigan. After his graduation from Sturgis High School in 1916 he entered the University of Michigan. He left college on April 6, 1917, to enlist for service in the World War. He served with the U. S. Navy and was stationed at the Great Lakes Training Station in Chicago. He was discharged as a third class electrician, Dec. 20, 1918, and immediately resumed his studies at the University of Michigan, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Science and Electrical Engineering in 1921. For a short time he was identified with the engineering department of the General Electric Company at Fort Wayne, Ind., and in September, 1921, became an instructor in mathematics and applied engineering at Albion (Mich.) College. During 1922-23 he was city engineer of Albion, and also continued as an instructor at the college. He received the degree of Master of Arts at the University of Michigan in 1924, and resigned as an instructor at Albion College in January, 1926, in order to accept the office of city manager of Albion. Mr. Sears was made city manager of Oberlin, Sept. 1, 1928.

In 1919 Mr. Sears married Miss Gladys Reber, the daughter of Leonard and Ida (Catton) Reber, both deceased. The former was born at Sturgis, Mich., and the latter was a native of White Pigeon, Mich. They are buried in Sturgis. Mr. and Mrs. Sears have a daughter, Joanne, born March 14, 1929.

Mr. Sears is affiliated with Murat Lodge, F. & A. M., No. 14, and belongs to the American Legion and Oberlin Golf Club. He is a Republican.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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