Leo Mulford

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AURORA - Leo John Mulford, 89, of Aurora, died Nov. 4, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a short illness.
Leo was born on June 7, 1921, at Westgate, the son of Frank and Helen (Cook) Mulford. He graduated from the Rowley High School with the class of 1938. On Sept. 9, 1945 he was married to Burnita Schweitzer at the Methodist Church in Independence. Leo served with the U.S. Marine Corps 12th Defense Battalion as an anti-aircraft gunner for 38 months in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
He and Burnita started farming the family farm in 1945, lived there 65 years. He also served as a A.S.C. Committee member for 20 years. Leo was a member of the Aurora American Legion Post No. 435, Aurora. He enjoyed his family, farming, fishing, and playing cards. He is survived by four children: Bruce (Rita) Mulford, Solon; Barbara Mulford, Nantucket, Mass.; Rosa Lea (Joe) Reese, Forth Worth, Texas, and Lauraine Harding, Ely; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two sisters: Rozella Morgan, Golden Valley, Minn., and Neva Mae Arnold, Independence, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Burnita in 2005; a sister, Mary Stiles and two brothers: Dean and Dale Mulford. Memorial services were held Nov. 7 at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Winthrop. Inurnment of Leo and Burnita were held in the Fremont Township Cemetery, Winthrop. For more information or to leave an online condolence please go to www.reifffuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15, 2010
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