Donald W. Leonard|
NORTON -- Donald W. Leonard, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
Don was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, to James Oliver and Fannie Elizabeth Leonard. The youngest of 14 children, he was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Barberton, where he served faithfully in various capacities for many years.
Don proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Lexington, aka The Blue Ghost. He enjoyed collecting antique cars, flying single-engine planes and listening to big band music, particularly Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey. He worked for many years as a buyer for The Lawson Milk Company and in later years as a clerk with Acme and a driver for the Akron Automobile Auction.
He loved everyone he met and genuinely demonstrated daily his belief that it is better to give than receive.
Don was a member of National Lodge #568 F&AM; 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron; Tadmor Temple and Yusf Kahn Grotto.
Preceded in death by his wife, Mildred and 12 of his 13 siblings, Don is survived by his daughter, Donna (Scott) Murphy and son, Jim (Kim) Leonard, both of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Kellee Leonard, Benjamin Murphy, Noah Murphy, Jonah Murphy, Rachel Murphy and Rebekah Murphy; brother, William Blair Leonard of Virginia; and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the staffs at Summa Barberton Hospital 2 East, Palliative Care/Hospice and Pleasant View Health Care Center, with special thanks to his personal guardian angel, at Pleasant View, Marcia, for their loving care of dad.
Funeral service will be held Monday, 10 a.m. at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203, with Pastor Karen Heyburn officiating. Burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., with a Masonic service at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2013