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Wallace Leonard

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Wallace Leonard Wallace Leonard was born on February 19, 1912 in Rolla, Missouri. Wallace went to meet his Lord and his family on January 20, 2010. He was just weeks from his 98th birthday. Preceded in death by his parents Edward L. and Lilly May Ramsey Leonard, and siblings, Homer, a former Texas House Speaker, Earl, Eva, Helen, and Ernest, lost in WWII, nieces Patricia Barnes and Marcia Fay Leonard. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Barbara Smith, Joanne Espey, James Barnes, Beth Alley, David Barclay and Sharon Leonard Schilling and cousin Doyle Leonard. A life-long Christian and member of Hyde Park Baptist Church, his many contributions of land and buildings helped facilitate the growth of the church. Always an active member at Hyde Park in many areas and an educated leader in the Christian faith, he taught the University of Texas Chinese Community through Hyde Park for some 30 years. Many remained loyal to Mr. Leonard long after they returned to their native China. During World War II, he served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in New York City. He remained a dedicated patriot and conservative throughout his life. He was a long-time employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety. After retirement, world travel became one of his loves, having traveled to England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany, and traveled four times to the Holy Land. He dearly loved and cared for his parents. He also loved his wonderful family with compassion and as a true Christian model. All members of his family adored him. He loved the University of Texas and was still wearing the burnt orange and longhorns to his last days and he will now be watching them from above with joy. The family wishes to thank Brighton Gardens and Heart to Heart Hospice for their loving care of Wallace. Also thanks to Wendy of Heart to Heart for the tender compassion shown Wallace. A visitation will be held Friday, January 22, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Drive, with Dr. Ralph Smith officiating.

Cook Walden - Funerals & Cremations

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 22, 2010
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