KNOX CITY, Mo. -- Leland Clinton Ewalt, 90, of Knox City, died Wednesday (May 7, 2014) in Sunset Home in Quincy, Ill.
Leland was born Nov. 2, 1923, on the family farm near Knox City, a son of John Edward Jr. and Vern Snell Ewalt.
He attended rural schools and graduated from Knox City High School. He served his country during World War II
in the U.S. Army from Nov. 19, 1943, to Feb. 8, 1946. Leland was a rifleman in the 167 Infantry Regiment in the battles of New Guinea and the Philippines. He received the Bronze Star
and Bronze Arrowhead and a Purple Heart
for wounds received on Aug. 11, 1944, in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.
Leland grew up on the family farm and continued to live there his entire life He worked more than 60 years in the U.S. Post Office as a rural carrier out of Knox City. He enjoyed the lifelong friends he made on his route and was a history buff, keeping clippings and pictures of the more memorable events.
Leland was a member of the Knox City American Legion Post 358; Colony Masonic Lodge, receiving a 50-year pin; and the Rural Postal Carriers Association.
He is survived by sisters-in-law, including Dorothy Ewalt, of Knox City; nieces and nephews, Clifton Ewalt and dear friend, June Stambaugh, of Knox City and Denise Head and her husband, Larry, of Novelty; a great-niece, Shania Ewalt; numerous cousins; and a host of friends.
Leland was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vern Ewalt; and two brothers, Eldon Ewalt and Austin Ewalt.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in the Doss Funeral Home, Edina, with Pastor Mike Wilson conducting and Pastor Doug Wilson assisting. Burial with full military honors by Knox City American Legion Post 358 will be in Knox City Cemetery. Music will be provided by Paul and Marsha Burton. Casket bearers will be Eddie See, Clay See, Alan See, Lynn Ewalt, Tony Ewalt and Alan Peavler.
VISITATION: 9 a.m. until time of services Saturday in the funeral home with family present 10 to 11 a.m.
MEMORIALS: Knox City Cemetery Association. Memorials may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home, 208 N. Fourth St., Edina, MO 63537.
ARRANGEMENTS: Doss Funeral Home, Edina.