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Joel F. Leonard


1951 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Joel F. Leonard Obituary

PARMA - Joel Ferris Leonard, 64, of Parma, passed away Monday, April 18, 2016 at Henry Ford Allegiance Health System. He was born December 18, 1951 in Bryan, Ohio to Ferris and Julia (Dury) Leonard.

Joel was a great man who loved and was beloved by his family. He was an avid fisherman who liked a great fish story. He impacted many people in his life just by being who he was, whether you needed advice or just wanted to talk, Joel was available. For his children he was famous for his 1, 2, 2, 3 speeches and his family night tacos. For his grandchildren he was the bringer of chocolate donut holes and fruit snacks; he was also good for hugs and 'I love yous'.

Joel worked for many years at DCA and then later he worked at Teleflex Automotive. In recent years he battled illness with as much strength and humor as he could muster. Even in his last days he had the ability to make his visitors laugh with stories of his youth and adventures with various family members and friends. Joel passed peacefully into the waiting arms of family members and fishing buddies who passed before him. Those waiting include a son Kent, brother Doryl, and nephew Trevor.

Joel is survived by his wife of almost 44 years Susan Bringman whom he married on June 17, 1972; children Tricia (Neil) Bortell of Jackson, Casey (Molly) Leonard of Adrian, Skye (Charles) Leonard of Jonesville; and grandchildren Caleigh, Kinsleigh, and Liam. Also surviving are parents Ferris and Julia Leonard, brother Kevin (Diane) Leonard; and sisters Ann (Danny) Clark, Joy (Joseph) Moravec, and Lisa (Dan) Gonshorowski, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to send a very heartfelt thank you to the Critical Care Unit team of doctors and nurses at Henry Ford Allegiance, especially nurses Tina, Vickey, Nichole, and Drs. Luthra, Nagesh, Glick, and Chauncey.

Funeral services for Joel Leonard will be Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale. Interment will follow at East Hill Cemetery in Jefferson Township. The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be made to the in Joel's name. Please visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com to leave online condolences.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Apr. 20, 2016
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