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  • "Maxine, I let Kannami know about Jack. Have so many fond..."
    - Evelyn Knowles
  • "Dear Maxine, My condolences to you and your family. I..."
    - Evelyn Knowles
  • "Dear Maxine, I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss him..."
    - Deb Petersen
  • "Maxine & Family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. ..."
    - Rodney Guyette
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Jack L. Leonard Sr. was born on March 23, 1920, in Casper, WY. His mother Antoinette had emigrated from Riga, Latvia. She married his father, John Leonard, and together they had five children, one daughter, and four sons. Jack was the third child. All four of the Leonard brothers served in the military during World War II. Jack joined the United States Army Air Corps in 1941, and was sent to camp Pinedale prior to shipping out to the South Pacific, where, as an officer, he led a company of "code breakers" intercepting Japanese radio transmissions. While at Camp Pinedale, Jack met the love of his life, Maxine House. They were married on October 7, 1944, and celebrated 71 years of marriage last October. After the war Jack obtained his law degree. Together, Jack and Maxine raised four sons. His greatest joy was his family. He was immensely proud of his four sons, their wives, nine grandchildren, and five great-granddaughters. Jack was the Division Credit Manager for a major agricultural seed company for over 25 years. He shared his many years of experience and knowledge by teaching courses at both Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno. During his career, he also served as the president of the California Credit Managers Association. After his retirement, he became deeply involved in the Sons In Retirement organization where he served a term as "Big Sir." He continued his service as club Chaplin for many years. Jack was the embodiment of "The Greatest Generation", a hero in all ways. Jack loved life. He had made a decision to follow Jesus as his savior and he now enjoys the eternal gift of salvation because of his faith. He was deeply devoted to his wife Maxine and family. Jack passed into the presence of his Savior on Friday, July 22, 2016. A Celebration Reception and Open House will be held at the Stonebrook Community Clubhouse in Jack's honor on Saturday, July 30, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The clubhouse is located in the Stonebrook gated community at the northeast corner of Shaw and Armstrong in Clovis.
Published in the Fresno Bee on July 27, 2016
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