Dr. Harmon C. Leonard
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June 14, 1920 - February 25, 2014
Dr. Harmon C. Leonard journeyed from this life on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, in Grand Junction, Colorado. He was a loving father, grandfather, doting great-grandfather, and friend to many whose lives he touched. The love of his life and devoted wife of 64 years, Josephine "Joey" Leonard, preceded him in death in 2008.
Born on the family's Cook Hill Farm in Wallingford, Connecticut on June 14, 1920, Harmon was the son of Mary Payne Cook Leonard and Emerson James Leonard. Harmon attained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Cornell University in June 1944, and he and Joey were married the following month. He was well respected and revered in the veterinary field for over 50 years, practicing in Cheshire, Connecticut and later in Colorado. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Specialized Forces Veterinary Corps during World War II.
Dr. Leonard was a life long learner and generous benefactor with many interests. A well-known collector of Kentucky Long Rifles and other historic guns, he donated his collection to the NRA Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. He was a past president and lifetime member of The American Society of Arms Collectors, a member of the Colorado Gun Collectors' Association, and a supporter of many other notable organizations.
After moving from Cheshire, Connecticut in the early 1970's, the Leonards ranched in Salida, Colorado for many years where Harmon's longtime love for horses became a bigger passion. Belonging to the Three R's Trail Riders and The Hole In The Wall Gang, he enjoyed many years of sitting in a saddle for days on end, crossing the landscape with his pals on horseback.
Dr. Leonard was an inspiration and guiding light to his family and friends. He was an honorable and kind man, and a true gentleman, serving as a father figure to many. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Russell Leonard; his son, Harmon C. Leonard, Jr., and the wife he cherished above all others, Joey Leonard. He is survived by his daughter, Charlene "Cricket" Donoho and husband Art; his nephew, Russell Leonard, whom he raised as a son; grandchildren, Clay Donoho and Kim Donoho, and the bright spot in his day, great-grandson, Corbin Donoho. Also surviving is his sister, Adella Buswell and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 1st at 10:00 a.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary Chapel in Grand Junction, Colorado. Interment of ashes will be at the family plot in Cheshire, Connecticut later in the spring.
Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory Inc
2515 Patterson Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 28, 2014