Russell A. "Russ" Leonard
Loving Father and Grandfather
U. S. Army Veteran of World War II
WILLIAMSON, GEORGIA -- Russell A. "Russ" Leonard, of Williamson, Georgia, formerly a longtime resident of Chelmsford, died peacefully on June 18, 2014, in Georgia, aged 89 years.
Born in Tyngsborough, July 6, 1924, he was the son of the late Frederick and Martha (Crockett) Leonard. He received his education in the Tyngsborough school system.
Mr. Leonard enlisted in the U. S. Army on May 17, 1943, and served with the 772nd Field Artillery Battalion as a Radio Operator. Russell participated in numerous combat operations and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during the Northern France Campaign. He also received the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Medal with two Bronze Stars. He was honorably discharged in June of 1945.
Mr. Leonard was retired from the former Faulkner Mills in Billerica, where he served in many capacities for over 30 years.
Russ was an avid, accomplished bowler, and also loved to take his family to local high school football games. Occasionally, he could be found pulling a lever or two at the casino.
He was a devoted father whose strong work ethic inspired his children. Russ will always be remembered for his love of country and family, especially his cherished grandchildren.
He is survived by two daughters, Penny Richards of Ayer, and Robin Glinos of Sunapee, NH; two sons, Gary Leonard and his wife Elaine of Georgia, and Paul Leonard and his wife Kathy of Leominster; six grandchildren, Jonathan Bywaters and his wife Jennifer, Erin Formby and her husband Shane, Cindy Trice and her husband Tim, Amber Brightwell and her husband Sgt. Logan Brightwell of the U. S. Army 1st Infantry Division, Mary Leonard, and Jeffrey Glinos; six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
LEONARD -- In Williamson, GA, June 18, 2014. Russell A. Leonard, of Williamson, formerly of Chelmsford, aged 89 years. U. S. Army Veteran of World War II. Friends will be received at the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd., the Highlands neighborhood of Lowell, on Thursday from 9 to 10 AM, followed by his Funeral Service at 10 AM. Interment with a ceremony of Military Funeral Honors, performed by the Walker Rogers Post 662 Veterans of Foreign War Honor Guard, in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford. Funeral Directors, Frederick W. Healy and Walter F. Bayliss Jr. Please visit Mr. Leonard's memorial tribute at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com.
Morse-Bayliss Funeral Home - Lowell
122 Princeton Boulevard Lowell, MA 01851
Published in Lowell Sun on June 24, 2014