Leonard C. Alms, 88, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at home, surrounded by loving family.
Born Oct. 21, 1920, in DeKalb, he was the son of Frank and Caroline (Waytenic) Alms. He married Beverly A. Willrett on June 6, 1948, in DeKalb.
Leonard was active in sports, playing football and track for DeKalb High School and Northern Illinois University, until World War II diverted his education. He was requested to work on the family farm instead of joining the Air Force, as he wanted, while his brothers were called into the Army. He farmed in Cortland until 1966 when he went to work with his brothers at their construction businesses. He retired from construction, working for DeKalb Ag Research in 1986. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of DeKalb and then a loving, devoted member of Santa Cruz Lutheran Church of Tucson, Ariz. Leonard enjoyed woodworking, cooking, golf, playing cards and his loving family and extended family.
He is survived by his four loving children, Susan (Thomas) Crouch of Bluford, Ronald (Lynn) Alms of Maple Park, Michael (Julie) Alms of Waterford, Wis., and Joanie Contreras of Tucson, Ariz.; his brother, Robert (Gloria) Alms of Sun City, Ariz.; his sister, Mary (Harley) Mack of Hinckley; his sister-in-law, Doris Wallin of DeKalb; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, as well numerous other family and friends.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly; parents, Frank and Caroline; three brothers, Frankie, Jack (Jackie), Jimmie; and son-in-law, Larry Contreras.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Anderson Funeral Home, 2011 S. Fourth St. in DeKalb, with the Rev. Marilyn Hanson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb. Visitation will from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the funeral home.
A memorial is being established for Leonard C. Alms in care of Anderson Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 605, DeKalb, IL 60115, for DeKalb County Hospice or Santa Cruz Lutheran Church of Tucson, Ariz. For information, call 815-756-1022.