Leonard Cox Ahlstrom, 87, longtime resident of Idaho Falls, died from natural causes Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at a rest home in Bountiful, Utah.|
Born in Cedar City, Utah, on Dec. 16, 1924, to Tipton Pitt and Lillian (nee Cox) Ahlstrom, Leonard grew up on a small farm near Cedar City until he was called to service in the Army in 1942. Following boot camp, Leonard trained as a radioman onboard B-24 bomber, but he spent the bulk of his military service in Kunming, China, working as an air traffic controller. Kunming was the home of the famous Flying Tigers and Pappy Boynton prior to the U.S. entering WWII. Leonard was a longtime member of the VFW and Idaho Falls Elks club.
Leonard led a very active life to the very end. He was an avid golfer and bowler and he loved to visit the casinos. Floating down the Snake River with Leonard on a fishing venture became the source of many hilarious stories over the years by grandson, Shane, and son-in-law, Bill. He lived in his own home and drove himself everywhere until just a couple of months ago.
Leonard married Jean Burnham in Cedar City, Utah, on June 6, 1947.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, and son-in-law, Kim Peterson.
He is survived by his brother, Harry of Salt Lake City; two daughters, Karen (Bill) Hollenbeck of Portland, Ore., and Denese Peterson of Aguanga, Calif.; two grandchildren, Shane (Karen) Jaeger and Jennifer (Burk) Reynolds; seven step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Leonard will be remembered as a kindhearted man who was always willing to lend a helping hand with a friendly smile and kind word. Daddy (grandpa), may your golf scores be low and bowling scores high. We will miss you.
Graveside services will be held at noon Saturday, June 30, at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls.
Online condolences can be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.
Published in Post Register on June 27, 2012