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Roger D. Leonard, 75, of Grand Island, died Sunday, September 20, 2009 at Golden Living Center as Park Place.
Service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday
at St. Stephens Episcopal Church. The Reverend Dr. Charles
Peek will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 on Wednesday
at All Faiths Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2:00 P.M. on
Thursday at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery with Military Honors in Maxwell, Nebraska.
Mr. Leonard was born in Ord, NE on July 25, 1934 the son of Fred and Thelma
Survivor s of his immediate family
include his wife Janelle; son, Corey Leonard of Grand Island and
brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Donna Leonard of Broken Arrow,
OK and a sister, Jean Claus of Lincoln.
Other survivors are brother-in-law,
Art and his wife Cheri Erb of Fullerton, CA;
along with one niece and six nephews and several great-nieces and
nephews, plus other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents,
grandparents, and a brother-in-law, Terry Claus.
He lived in Sargent, NE attending grade school there. The family
then moved to Grand Island where
he attended Barr Junior High. He then moved to North
Loup to live with his grandparents. He attended
North Loup High graduating in 1952. After graduation he worked
as parts manager for Lincoln Equipment. He enlisted in the
U.S. Navy on October 28, 1954 and was honorably discharged October
15, 1958. After the service he lived in Grand
Island, working for Lacy Construction and
Hall County Roads Department. In the early 60’s he moved
to Omaha working for H.P. Smith Motors selling
cars. He moved back to Grand
Island in January 1967 working at Cornhusker
Army Ammunition Plant as a clerk typist. There he met his future
wife. On August 6, 1967 he and Janelle Erb were married
at Friend’s Church in Central City, NE. They lived in Grand
Island and later moved to Central City where
Roger worked for Northern Propane, he later worked at Champion Trailer
Manufacturer. In 1976 they moved back to Grand
Island where he worked for Berkley Pump. He
also worked at the VA Hospital in the Dietetic Department. He
had several other jobs before retiring.
He enjoyed doing activities
with his son and playing with the cats. He liked going to car
shows and antique shops.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are
suggested to the family.