PEORIA - Leslie J. Waldo, 93, of Peoria, formerly of Lacon, died at 7:43 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born on July 28, 1920, in Lacon to the late James A. and Blanche M. Coon Waldo. He married Helen R. Griswold on Dec. 25, 1942, in Lacon. She preceded him in death in 2002.
He is survived by his children, Michael J. (Sharon) Waldo of Pickerington, Ohio, Patsy (Curtis) Hale of Morton and Roger (Karen) Waldo of Peoria; four grandchildren, Timothy (Erica) Kennedy, Katie (Josh) McKown, Shanna (Josh) Dickey and Michael L. (Sarah) Waldo; and eight great-grandchildren, Kellan Kennedy, Carson Kennedy, Colten Kennedy, Macie McKown, Ty McKown, Jack Dickey, Lyla Dickey and Jolie Dickey.
He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Jennifer and Gail Kennedy; and a brother, Ora Baggs.
Les served as a Morse Code Operator in Panama during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Hiram Walker as a transportation supervisor.
He had served as a past president of the Mid-County School District for several years. He had also served as post commander for the Lacon American Legion. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria.
He enjoyed being in his yard, watching the animals and nurturing his roses. Mostly he enjoyed the time spent with his family, whom he adored.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 26, 2014, at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon, with the Rev. Carolyn Carnes officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment will be in Lacon Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Apostolic Christian Restmor of Morton or to the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Online condolences may be directed to his family at www. lenzmemorialhome.com.
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