July 11, 1925 - Oct. 27, 2013|
With his loving family as witnesses, Herman B. Leonard, age 88, of Alma, finished the race he ran so faithfully, on October 27, 2013 and is in the arms of Jesus receiving his eternal reward. He was born on July 11, 1925 in Mason, Michigan the son of Frank and Pearl (Birch) Leonard.
As the oldest of the four children in his family, Herm dropped out of school to work on the family farm during the 2nd World War. After the war, he returned to school and graduated from Leslie High School in 1948. He contracted Polio in the early 1950's spending months in the hospital and with his fierce determination and will, finally walked again after more than a year.
On February 12, 1966, Herm married the love of his life, Sue Walburn and together they raised eight children. He leaves behind a legacy for his family of faith, love, laughter and song.
Herm held a variety of jobs over the years. He owned five trucks, working as an independent trucker for many years and in 1976 sold his last truck. Herm worked for Liquid Transport retiring after 33 years in 1987. He enjoyed farming and in his retirement spent many years helping on local area farms.
He had a fondness for music that started as a member of a quartet in his youth and continued until the very end. He was a devoted member of the First Church of God in Alma and led their congregational singing for many years, along with being in the choir.
Herm had a great love for the outdoors that started in his youth and continued throughout his lifetime. He thoroughly enjoyed time with his family, especially the time they spent together at their rustic log cabin in Vanderbilt, Michigan. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had a colorful outlook on life that was not only something he carried on the inside but something he wore visibly for all to see.
Herm is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sue of Alma; seven children, Mike Leonard of St. Louis, Carol (Terry) Keough of Dade City, FL, Jan (Steve) Leonard of Shepherd, Cindy (Bob) Bowman of Dearborn Heights, Jim (Tana) Traweek of Weatherford, TX, Angie Woodbury of Alma and Jeff (DeaAnn) Leonard of Plano, TX; 14 grandchildren, Leslie, Alison, Andrea, Casey, Gerry, Tim, Noelle, Cori, Jason, Rebekah, Justin, Andrew, Amanda, Joshua; 15 great grandchildren and one on the way. Also, a brother, Ferris (Julia) Leonard of Hillsdale; sister-in-law, Vivian Leonard of Leslie; and brother-in-law, Kenneth (Kathy) Vince of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jerry; a brother, Gordon; and a sister, Joann Vince.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the First Church of God in Alma with Pastors Steve Wimmer and Carl Cecil officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 pm also at the First Church of God. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Church of God Local Relief Fund, Youth for Christ or Heartland Hospice.
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Published in The Morning Sun on Oct. 29, 2013