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Leon Jasper, age 84 of Somerset, KY passed away May 15, 2021 at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. Visitation will be Thursday May 20, 2021, at West Somerset Baptist Church. A second Visitation will be Friday May 21 from 10:00 to 12:00, at West Somerset Baptist Church. Funeral Service will follow on Friday at 12:00 at West Somerset Baptist Church with Bro. Brant Lane , Bro. Daniel Woodcock and Bro. Joel Teague officiating. Burial will be at Mill Springs National Cemetery. Full military honors will be given. Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to the Macedonian Missionary Service in memory of Leon Jasper, PO Box 756, Somerset, KY 42502. He is preceded in death by - his late wife of 48 years and mother of his children, Joyce Ann Jasper; his parents Charlie and Mary (Delk) Jasper: siblings, Arvel, Earsel, Mavis, Hassell, Cecil , Hellen Rose, Ethard, Don, Alma, and Levi. Leon Jasper was born August 9, 1936 in Windsor, KY. He married Joyce Ann Taylor in 1957 (1939-2005). He is survived by daughter, Kim Jasper-Owens and granddaughter Randi-Kim Jasper Owens: and son Gary Leon Jasper (Mary), step grandchildren, Joshua Frye (Rica) , Jessica Hoskins (Jeremy.) He married Carole Ferebee, of Georgia, in 2008. He is also survived by daughters of the heart, Lynn Fausti (Cameron), and Kelly Teague (Joel), as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the heart, nieces and nephews. His words “I want to go home to be with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” were spoken as he said good-bye to family on the morning of May 15, 2021. His story begins in Casey County where his parents operated a service station and grocery store. Growing up as the 10 th of 11 children, he followed the advice of his father to stay close to home instead of venturing north to seek employment as commonly done in 40’s 50’s. After joining the army, he spent 16 months operating switchboards in post-war Korea. After seeing the impoverished lives of the Koreans, he sought solace at night by reading a Gideon New Testament. “I wasn’t raised in church and I wasn’t saved, but I wanted to be, and I started seeking information about how to make that happen.” His unit sponsored an orphanage, taking in kids and providing them with food. “That created a feeling inside me that we needed to help the less fortunate.” Realizing he needed to help himself before aiding others, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1959. He was baptized and join Saline Baptist Church. Almost immediately he was asked to teach Sunday School, then served as a deacon and trustee. With his spiritual life in order, he gained confidence to become a leader in the business world. Working with his brothers, he developed an auto dealership, sold mobile homes (Jasper & Jasper Mobile Homes - 52 years) and operated and a local insurance agency and expanded into real estate. He flew his own plane regularly buying used mobile homes, “When you’re alone, flying an airplane, with nothing to do but look at the instrument panel, you have time to think. And I thought, ‘why am I not doing this for the Lord’. In 1970, I surrendered my life to the Lord and decided I was going to do something different. I needed to get back in school. I knew I didn’t want to preach, but I found a school in Lakeland, Florida, that would accept a high school dropout and help me toward my goal of missionary work.” He felt missionaries were not being given proper training and follow-up for them to do their job properly. His concerns led him to establish the Macedonian Service Foundation, d/b/a Macedonian Missionary Service, in May of 1973, remembering the Acts 16:9 story of Paul’s vision of a man saying “Come over to Macedonia and help us”. He teamed up with other Christian businessmen traveling to foreign mission fields. After becoming a non-profit organization, Macedonian expanded rapidly, with missionaries being aided throughout the world. In 1986, he and his family moved back to Somerset, Kentucky, where a new building was erected, in Somerset, to serves as headquarters for Macedonian Missionary Service in 2003. He served as president and executive director of the organization which he said “has no bosses.” He explained “We have volunteers from all over the world. Everybody pays their own way and we let them work for free.” He was a member at Whetstone Baptist Church, Somerset, Kentucky; his sponsoring church for his mission work. He continued to be involved in his mission work and travels with Macedonian and their projects around the world up until his passing. He traveled to 122 different countries and all 7 continents during his 51 years of ministry. You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.LakeCumberlandFuneralService.com Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Leon Jasper.
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