Donald L. Leonard
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EAU GALLIE, Fla. - Lt. Col. Donald Lee Leonard, USAF Reserves (Ret.), 83, passed away peacefully at home early Saturday morning, Nov. 2, 2013, with his loving family by his side.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby; two sons, Greg (Laurie) and Mark (Simone); daughter Leslie Ogden; two sisters, Nancy Powell and Dorothy Ramsey; numerous nieces and nephews; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his brother, A.G. Leonard Jr.
He was born July 15, 1930, in Salisbury, N.C., to the late Arthur Gregory Leonard Sr. and Maude Lee Mahaley. He graduated from Boyden High School and Catawba College. An active teen, he belonged to the Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts and Civil Air Patrol.
He enjoyed telling stories of his time at the age of 12, as the air raid warden for his street during World War II. As a means to pay his way through college, he joined the NC National Guard and worked for Southern Railroad.
Don began his career in civil service at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., with the Department of the Army. While in Maryland he joined the USAF Reserves, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. In 1961, he moved to Melbourne, Fla., working at Patrick Air Force Base and the Department of the Air Force, Eastern Test Range, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Emmanuel Methodist Church.
He enjoyed astronomy, photography, flying model planes, scuba diving and RV'ing. He was a natural born tinkerer, friendly gregarious man who never met a stranger.
Visitation and Service: Family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Davis Seawinds Funeral Home, Melbourne, with a memorial service to follow at 5 p.m.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
; or Emmanuel Methodist Church in his honor.
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Davis Seawinds Funeral Home
560 Montreal Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
Published in Salisbury Post on Nov. 5, 2013