JOHN 'JACK' PAUL LEAMON LENA - John "Jack" Paul Leamon passed away Monday, November 18th, 2013, at his home in Lena, Illinois. Jack was born in Freeport, Illinois on January 16, 1925, to R. Paul and Agnes (Carmody) Leamon. He graduated from Lena High School in 1943. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Navy
, and served his country as a Pharmacist Mate from 1943-1946. During WWII
he was at Omaha Beach on D-Day during the invasion of France. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. After his service in the Navy, Jack attended Carthage College and completed his studies at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated with honors in 1949. Jack married his beloved wife Mary Murphy on June 18, 1949, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Carthage, IL. Jack then began his lifelong career as a funeral director
. He worked with his father, operating the funeral, furniture, and ambulance business until his father's death in 1951. He and his mother, Agnes, continued the family business until her passing in 1970. Since then Jack and his wife, Mary, have managed the family business. They sold the furniture store in 1995, but continued to operate the funeral homes and ambulance service. Jack was the 4th generation owner and operator of Leamon Furniture and Funeral Homes. During his career he received an award from the Illinois Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of service, and achieved the Longest Family Business Award given by the State of Illinois. The Leamon Funeral Home has been family owned and operated since 1869. In addition to his service to the community as a funeral director, he served as the Stephenson County Coroner and was a member of the Stephenson County Sheriff's Department Merit Commission, Lena Lions Club, Lena Professional Business Association, and was a 50 year member of the American Legion Post #577. Also, he was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and served as a board member for both the Citizens State Bank and Lena Continental Manor Nursing Home. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lena and served on numerous church boards. He enjoyed traveling with his family and friends. His most memorable trip was a cruise from Hong Kong through the rim of the Pacific to Alaska and through the inside passage to Vancouver B.C. He is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, Thomas (Dawn), Janet (Douglas) England, and Paul all of Lena; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Kempel of Winslow, Aaron (Tiffany) England of Lena, Kimberly Leamon of Lena, Abigail (Matt) Bland of Lena, Montana (Ryan) Bartell of Stockton, Sierra (Kyle) Maurer of Silverdale, WA; two step-grandchildren, Timothy (Janice) Leamon of Winslow, Jeremy Rapp of Colorado Springs, CO; ten great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Stella Wade of Ft. Myers, FL; and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister-in-law, Martha Metternich, and two brothers-in-law, Edwin Wade and Marcus Metternich. Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, November 22nd, 2013, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lena, IL. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 21st, 2013, at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL. Rev. Max Striedl will officiate the service. Interment will take place at the Lena Burial Park. A memorial has been established for the St. Joseph's Catholic Church of Lena, IL.