Manford W. Leale Manford Walter Leale, formerly of Puyallup, returned peacefully to his Savior on August 20, 2014, in Orem, Utah. Manford was born to Walter and Ruby Leale on March 10, 1924, in La Grande, Oregon. Graduating early from high school to join the Navy, he served as a Chief Pharmacist Mate during World War II. He married his eternal companion, Marilyn Hall, on May 26, 1948, in the Salt Lake temple, and they enjoyed 59 happy years together. They welcomed four children: Nancy (Bill) Carr, Kathryn (Lanny) Monson, Suzanne (Larry) Gray, and Robert (Kathi) Leale. Manford worked for 35 years as a radiation specialist at the Hanford nuclear project. He was a stalwart member of the LDS church, serving in many positions, including as a bishop and patriarch. After retiring, Manford and Marilyn served three LDS missions together. He is survived by his four children, 27 grand-children, and 48 great-grandchildren, with five more coming soon. He is also survived by Marilyn's brothers Jack Hall, Brent (Alberta) Hall, and James (Linda) Hall, as well as many nieces and nephews, and his beloved little dog, Princess. He was preceded in death by his sweetheart Marilyn, his parents and siblings, his grandson Mark Sandberg and granddaughter Angela Monson. Manford had a great love for his family, and an unwavering faith and testimony of Christ. He was known for the service he constantly gave to others, and for his great sense of humor. We are at peace knowing that Manford is now reunited with his eternal sweetheart, Marilyn, never again to be parted. Services will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at 2:00 PM, at the LDS chapel at 8615 176th St. E., Puyallup, WA, 98375. Burial with full military honors at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA, 98042. Arrangements entrusted to Powers Funeral Home, 320 W. Pioneer Ave., Puyallup, WA 98371.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2014