Charles Murray Leonard
October 3, 1929 - June 5, 2014
Charles M. Leonard (Chuck) passed away Thursday evening in Silverton due to a heart condition. Born to Charles Harrington and Julie Marjorie Leonard in Winlock, WA, he lived most of his life in Silverton. He graduated from Silverton High School in 1947, attended Oregon State University and Pacific University.
He was married to Mary Joan Lake for 64 years and raised his family in Silverton. He was an owner of the Pacific Handle Company, owner of Chuck's Sport Shop and a machinist for Ulven Forging.
As a young man, Chuck was one of the early hot rodders with his 32 Ford Roadster powered by a twelve-cylinder Lincoln Zephyr engine. He was a volunteer fireman and charter member of Silverton Elks Lodge #2210. He taught Hunter's Safely Classes to hundreds of Silverton boys and girls.
Chuck loved nature, the outdoors, fishing, hunting, boating and for years, wrote weekly articles for the Silverton Appeal newspaper describing his many adventures with his friends and family.
His hobbies included drawing, painting and decorating his home with large and extensive Christmas displays.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Julie Leonard and brother Richard M. Leonard. He is survived by his wife, Mary Joan (Lake) Leonard, sister Marjorie J. (Charles) Ruud, brother David H. (Pamela) Leonard, children Trisha A. (Jerry) Mohr of Mt. Angel, Charles R. (Mary Ann) Leonard of Silverton and Thomas M. (Rebecca) Leonard of Salem, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
There will be no memorial service but the family will gather later this summer to celebrate Chuck's life. The family suggests sending donations through the Silverton Elks Lodge #2210 for the Silverton Elks Youth Fund or the Oregon Elks Youth Eye Services Foundation (E.Y.E.S).
Published in StatesmanJournal on June 10, 2014