Leslie Boone Dempsey, 89, of Lucasville, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Southern Ohio Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Wolfpit, Ky., a son of the late Thomas Herman and Emma Ratliff Dempsey.
Leslie was a retired supervisor for Lennox Industries in Columbus, and a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He served with the 4th Infantry Division going ashore in the first wave on Utah Beach. He was wounded Dec. 1, 1944, near Neuhoff, Germany, during the battle of the Hurtgen Forest. He was presented the Purple Heart and Bronze Star by then Congressman and former Governor Ted Strickland. He also served in the army of occupation in Korea with the 7th Infantry Division in Onyang, South Korea.
He is survived by his wife, Mima Rose George Dempsey, whom he married Jan. 5, 1950, in South Williamson, Ky.; two sons, Jim Dempsey and George "Corky" (Jean) Dempsey, both of Lucasville; six grandchildren, Christy Dempsey and Curt McCarthy, Jason (Sonia) Dempsey, Emily (Josh) Campbell, J.D. Dempsey, Les Dempsey, and John (Renee) Wilson; one great-grandson, Jaden; and two sisters, Mildred Webb of Bluefield, WV and Betty Jo Reil of Virginia Beach, VA.
He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ellen Dempsey; four brothers, Blake, Everett, Thomas, and Silas Dempsey; one sister, Evelyn Butner; and daughter-in-law, Brenda Dempsey.
Graveside services will be conducted 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Dempsey Family Cemetery on Kennison Road, where graveside military rites will be performed by the William A. Baker and James Irwin Posts of the American Legion. Friends may call from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the McKinley Funeral Home in Lucasville.