Staff Sergeant Leonard Ray "Lenny" Zahn Jr., 37, of Fort Benning, Ga., died April 6, 2014. He was born Aug. 9, 1976, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Leonard Ray Sr. and Mary (Pacheco) Zahn.
He graduated from Buhler High School in 1995. Lenny enlisted in the United States Army
on Feb. 2, 1997. He served honorably for 17 years as a 19K Armored Crew Member with a Master Gunner identifier, with seven deployments which included one tour in Bosnia, one tour in Kosovo, one tour in Kuwait, and four tours in Iraq. He was awarded the following: Army Commendation with combat distinguishing device "V", Army Commendation Medal, 5, Army Achievement Medal, 3, Army Good Conduct Medal, 3, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraq
Campaign Medal, 4, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, 5, NATO Medal Kosovo, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qual Badge, Valorous Unit Award, 3, Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army).
Survivors include: four children, Austin Zahn of Baldwyn, Miss., Savanna Goodin, Hunter Zahn and Lara Zahn, all of Colorado Springs, Colo.; granddaughter, Katailina M. Zahn of Baldwyn, Miss.; mother, Mary and husband Henry Lee Carter of Hutchinson; sister, Karla Dill of Wichita; brother, Shelby Zahn of Wichita; half brother, Gabriel Zahn of Hutchinson; grandmother, Kaylene Zahn of Hutchinson; ex wives, Jennifer Thomas of Huber Heights, Ohio, Jennifer Goodin of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Angelic Clement of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Ray Zahn Sr. and grandfathers, Leonard Otto "Pappy" Zahn and Juan Pacheco.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson, with Pastor Teresa Wynn presiding. Friends are asked to come casual or dress in cowboy attire in honor of Lenny.
Burial will follow in Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson, with military honors conducted by the Fort Riley Honor Guard. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elliott Chapel, Hutchinson.
Memorials may be made to the Leonard Zahn Jr. Children's Educational Fund, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501. Please visit www.elliottmortuary.com
to leave a personal message for Lenny's family.