Jack F. Leonard
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MANSFIELD: Jack F. Leonard, 86, passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 at Mifflin Care Center following a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. Jack was a gentle, kind soul who never spoke ill of anyone, but instead, saw good in everyone. He was a people person and never met a stranger. Jack was born in Mansfield to Glenn and Ruth (Miller) Leonard on March 1, 1926. He lived in Mansfield most of his life, graduating from Mansfield Senior High School in 1944. Immediately following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the USS Kadashan Bay CVE 76 in the South Pacific. Jack worked at Dominion Electric for 26 years in Mansfield and Tennessee. He then worked for Westinghouse Corp., retiring after 16 years. Lastly, he worked part-time for Richland Bank, as the parking lot attendant, before finally retiring in 2010. His greatest joy was time spent with his family. Jack was a member of First English Lutheran Church, Mansfield, this being his home church. He was a member of Venus Lodge #152, F & AM; 32nd Degree Mason, Valley of Columbus; Past Patron of Ruth Chapter #17 Order of the Eastern Star; and the Baku Grotto where for 30 years he was known as Q-Ball, the Grotto Clown. He was a member of the American Legion Post #16, VFW Post #3494 and enjoyed being a Tennessee Squire.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Patricia Ann (Otto) Leonard; their four children, the joy of his life, Judy J. Morrow (fiancé, Daryl Uhde) and Susan A. (Joe) Massa of Mansfield, Gary G. Leonard of Lexington, OH and Greg D. (Isabel) Leonard of Columbus, OH. His love extended to his nine grandchildren and their spouses, Wendy Storms, Kristie (Zach) Massa, J. Scott (Kelly) Massa, Stephanie LeMaster, Sarah (Brian) Liscano, Jill (Jason) Turner, Nick (Amber) Leonard, Darcy Leonard and Jason (Tiffany) Leonard; nine great-grandchildren, Jordan and Morgan Storms, Justin and Thomas Massa, Hewitt Liscano, Emerson and Samuel Turner, Addison and Julia Leonard; and one great-great grandson, Carter Storms. He is also survived by a sister, Janell Marth and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, James K. Morrow; brother-in-law, Robert Marth; nephew, John Marth; and great-niece, Lisa Marth.
Friends are invited to meet with the family Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 2-8 p.m. at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Venus Lodge #152 will present Masonic Services between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. The funeral service will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West with Rev. Andrew Jones officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Squad. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to MedCentral Hospice or The Rehab Center.
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Published in the News Journal on Dec. 9, 2012