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Lonas "Lonnie" Leach

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Lonas "Lonnie" Leach passed away in the comfort of his home on Saturday, April 26, 2014, and met his loving wife Joel Nadean Leach at heaven's pearly gates. They sit together on their front porch gently swinging by the hands of the lord. Lonnie was born in Birdeye, Ky., to the late James Ottice Leach Sr. and Bessie M. (Vanderpool) Leach. After having retired from the City of Alamogordo maintenance yard, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, working on vehicles, spending time with his family or helping anyone who needed it with open arms and a loving heart.

Lonnie is survived by: one brother Maurice Leach; two sisters Sandra Petrey and Erma Burnell and two sons, James "Jimmy" L. Leach, and Paul "Mike" Goins. He was also survived by three daughters: Madonna Shatzer, Melissa Stevenson and Melinda Gordon. Lonnie has 14 grandchildren and many more great grandchildren. Among the many friends Lonnie had, he is survived by: Ken and Linda Bochamtin, Ray and Izzi and many other people he called friend. Lonnie was preceded in death by: one sister; two brothers and one daughter, Ladeana M. Leach, as well as his loving wife Joel Nadean Leach.

We are remembering the man who lived for us, helped raise us and mold us into who we are today. Whether you called him Lonnie, Daddy, Pop or Grandpa Daddy, come celebrate his life with us. As Lonnie watches over us, the family will hold a memorial in his honor, to celebrate his life and legacies on Friday, May 16, at Alameda Park at 10 a.m.

In honor of his service and timeless efforts improving the Alamogordo Zoo for its inhabitants as well as our community, the family would respectfully request that those wishing to memorialize his life make a donation to the zoo rather than sending flowers to continue Lonnie's legacy of giving and generosity.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 3 to June 2, 2014
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