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Leonard Lavern AVERY III

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Leonard "Lenny" Lavern Avery, III

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Leonard "Lenny" Lavern Avery, III, 25, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 7, 2014.

Lenny was born June 30, 1988, the son of Leonard Lavern and Carol Gleeson, Avery, Jr.

Lenny loved his family and friends and his dog, Gilly.

He attended Williamsville High School and graduated in 2005. While in school he decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps which he did on July 24, 2006, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he enlisted as a Rifleman. During his service he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from Jan. 5, 2008 - Feb. 7, 2008 in Kuwait and from May 22, 2009 - Dec. 16, 2009 in Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps on July 23, 2010, and joined the Illinois Air National Guard on Aug. 19, 2010, as a member of the 183rd Civil Engineering Squadron and continued to serve until his death.

After the military he went on to do many things in his life. He joined the Sherman Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 6, 2010 as a firefighter.

He will be greatly missed each and every day.

He is survived by his mom, Carol Avery of Springfield; his dad, Randall Williams of Campbell, Mo.; two sisters, Nina Avery of Springfield and her children, Hailey, Lucas and William Humphrey and Nolan Hill all of Lake Mills, Ia., and his twin sister, Kayla Avery of Springfield; many aunts, uncles and cousins, including Aunt Susie and cousins, Kayla, Josh and Adam.

He was preceded in death by his birth dad, Leonard Avery; his uncle, John Gleeson; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home.

Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home, the Rev. Dr. John Charlton, III, officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, where the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County along with the Illinois National Guard will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to Staab Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral and other expenses.

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Published in The State Journal-Register on Feb. 12, 2014
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