PEORIA - Leonard D. Warden, 88, of 2437 Baskin Ridge, formerly of 415 W. Sam J. Stone, Apt. 322, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Toulon Rehabilitation Center in Toulon, Ill.
He was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Galva, Ill., the son of Cleveland and Cleota (Guthery) Warden.
He served in the Air Force and was a World War II veteran from 1942 to 1945, and supported several veterans organizations.
He was united in marriage to Rosie Watts (deceased), Geneva Markey and Marian (Bailey) Burton.
From those marriages he was blessed with seven children, Margaretta Bond of Kewanee, Ill., Rosemarie McLaughin of Florida, Patricia (Patsy) Love of Peoria, Ill., Janice Warden of Decatur, Ill., Cleota Warden of Morton, Ill., Leonard D. Warden of Hawaii and Gwen (David) Thompson of Cherokee, Iowa; and four stepchildren, George (Lisa) Warden of Monmouth, Ill., Leslie Warden of Chicago, Ill., Shabeda Warden of Peoria, Ill., and Wylie Miller of Monmouth, Ill. He is survived by 23 grandchildren, 62 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and 10 stepgrandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Christine Bell of Rockford, Ill., Betty Thomas of Decatur, Ill., and Ermadine Jones of Mount Vernon, Ill.; a sister-in-law, Betty Barr of Georgia; and two brothers, Kenneth (Florence) Warden of Decatur, Ill., and Harold (Robbie) Warden of California.
He was preceded in death by both parents, three brothers, two sisters and five grandchildren.
He also leaves a special sister-friend, Jackie Collins.
He worked as a diesel mechanic and a long distance semi-truck driver.
He was an avid motorcycle rider and enjoyed checkers, cards and making people laugh.
His extraordinary talent and passion in the field of creating art in any form, writing, drawing (freehand), etc., was phenomenal, and his imagination was limitless. His talents were truly a blessing from God.
Leonard and three of his siblings formed The Warden Quartet and sang all over the Midwest. He also played the harp, piano and drums.
He was a lifelong active member of Bethel Church of God in Christ of Kewanee, Ill., and fellowshipped with Elder Bell and Pastor Felton Beck.
He also enjoyed traveling all over the United States, taping church conventions.
The celebration of Fuzzy's life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, IL 61443. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.
Memorials can be sent to the host, Rux Funeral Home.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.