Van WertEdward S. Leland, 71, died at 12:30 p.m. June 5, 2011, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.He was born June 11, 1939, in Saginaw, Mich., to Ward and Betty Brown Leland, who preceded him in death. On June 9, 1990, he married Patricia Ann Opliger, who survives.Mr. Leland retired as vice president of human resources at Van Wert County Hospital. He was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Van Wert, where he had served as secretary of the church council. He had been a member of Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1197, Van Wert, for 23 years.Survivors also include four children, Scott (Kristine) Leland and Shawne Leland, both of Lima, Shannon (Howard) Baker, of Melbourne, Fla., and Stacey Ann (Andy) Ball, of Lawrence, Kan.; a sister, Janet Leland, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.Services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Van Wert. The Rev. William Haggis will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Van Wert Animal Clinic.Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.Arrangements are by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, Van Wert.