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COLONEL (RET. US ARMY), Passed away peacefully at the age of 98, on December 10, 2012. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Corine McCord, whom he called the "The Perfect Army Wife". Together they moved their home over 25 times during his military career. Leon was born into the "Greatest Generation" in Meriden, CT, on July 13, 1914. He moved with his parents, brother, and two sisters to Jacksonville when he was a young boy. He helped his German immigrant father in his upholstery shop after school and worked at various jobs to help his family. After graduating from high school, he began his military career of 35 years, joining the Florida National Guard as a medical corpsman. After Officer Candidate School, during World War II, he was assigned as the Company Commander of a medical unit in New Guinea. He later served as a hospital administrator in numerous Army hospitals around the world, including the 43rd MASH surgical hospital in Korea. There he established an orphanage, as well as the first Boy Scout troop. He also supervised the building of his unit's first Officer's Club, which was named the "Loll-E-Pop Club" in his honor. Leon retired from the Army having attained the rank of Colonel. He received numerous awards throughout his dedicated service to his country, among them the Legion of Merit, of which he was most proud. After his retirement, he had a career in real estate and enjoyed many charitable and civic activities and earned his college degree from Baylor University. Dad, affectionately known as "The
Colonel", greeted everyone with a smile and brought joy, laughter, and happiness to everyone he knew or encountered. He touched people's lives with his generosity and love of life. He never met a stranger. He was a wonderful, dear, sweet person who will be missed by his family, and all who knew him. Thoughts of him will always bring a smile to our faces, which is just what he would want. Colonel Loll is survived by his daughter
Dolores Starling; son-in-law Bruce; daughter Ellen Cooper; son-in-law Jim; and his granddaughters Alison Starling Alexander, and Jinna
Cooper, who loved their "PAPA" dearly. A family graveside service with be held in Jacksonville, FL. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Salvation Army, 416 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32804, or to a . Services entrusted to Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando. (407) 898.2561. www.careyhandcolonialfh.com.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Dec. 13, 2012
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