Truman L. Jeffers
Truman Logie Jeffers, age 85, born at Midway Hospital, St. Paul, passed away in Arden Hills, having lived 60 years in New Brighton, MN.He was preceded in death by parents, Truman Toll and Jean (Logie) Jeffers and brother Richard Jeffers; he is survived by wife of 63 years, Leila (Johnson) Jeffers, loving daughters Laura Evenson (Douglass), Lynn Ruff (Rob), Lisa Ruff (Mark), eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, brother Donald Bruce Jeffers, sister-in-law Connie Jeffers, brother-in-law Lawrence (Joan) Johnson, brother-in-law Roger (Nancy Jo) Johnson, nieces, nephews, loving relatives and friends.
He grew up in West St. Paul, graduated South St. Paul High School ’51 and Macalester College ’55. He served in the U.S. Army, two years active duty in Germany and four years in the Army Reserve. As Executive Vice President of MN Bankers Association, 1970-1995, he led the industry through many challenges in the 70s and 80s, personally impacting state and federal legislation and creating several banking programs. A major achievement was creation of an insurance company, BancInsure, for banks and bankers. He was involved in the local community and served on the New Brighton City Council and the New Brighton Police Commission. He was a charter member, council president, choir member and on many committees of Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton.
He loved family, especially pontoon rides with them on Long Lake in New Brighton, and singing in choirs all throughout his life. His favorite songs were “The Whiffenpoof Song” and “Tell Me Why the Stars Do Shine”, which he sang with Leila often. His hobbies included fishing, golfing, and traveling. He frequented Aruba and Florida. After retirement, Truman and his wife traveled the Lewis and Clark Trail from beginning to end and visited over 200 national parks, monuments, and battlefields.
Memorial service on Saturday January 5th, 2019 at 11 am, preceded by a visitation at 9:30 am at Christ the King Lutheran Church 1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112. Memorials preferred to Christ the King Lutheran Church or the Minnesota Orchestra.
Published on December 30, 2018
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