Leon D. Mowrer
Born: December 9, 1923 in Joliet, IL
Died: September 10, 2021 in Plainfield, IL
Leon D. Mowrer, age 97, a longtime resident of Plainfield, IL, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021, at his home. He was born December 9, 1923, in Joliet, IL. He was the cherished husband of the late Eleanor E. Mowrer, nee Jones. Beloved father of Kathy and son-in-law Paul Lutz. Adored grandfather of Kristin (Michael) Upchurch and Paul (Kerri) Lutz. Loving great-grandfather of Arabella, Alyssa and Andrew Upchurch and Mason and AlaynaLutz. Dear brother-in-law of Ada Cline Jones, brother of Lee (Judy) Mowrer, Kirk (Linda) Mowrer, Ron Mowrer and sister Sue May.
He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Anna J.(Koenig) Mowrer, brothers-in-law, Everette Jones and Harold Jones, sisters, Phyllis Surdey and Loretta Vining, brother Jimmy Mowrer and brother-in-laws, Cecil Surdey and Chandler May.
Leon attended St. Johns School and Joliet CatholicHigh. He met the love of his life, Eleanor, while working as an usher at the Rialto Theater before the war. They were married on June 1, 1947 atthe First Presbyterian Church in Joliet, IL. They were happily married for 68 wonderful years.
Leon enlisted in the Army in March of 1943. He served with the 63rd Infantry overseas in France and Germany and received two Bronze Stars for his efforts to help crack the Siegfried Line. While under fire he kept communications open. Leon was extremely proud of his military service and his country.
When he came back from the War, he worked for the E. J.& E. Railroad as a machinist in Joliet and Gary and Whiting, IN. He retired after 40 years of service.
Leon attended the Plainfield United Methodist Church, was a lifetime member of Cantigny VFW Post 367 in Joliet, was a long-time member of American Legion Marne Post 13 in Plainfield, belonged to the Joliet Moose and the Elks Club.
He loved square dancing & traveling with Eleanor. Golfing was his passion as well as fishing. He was an avid model railroader & made beautiful model ships and planes. His model planes are displayed in theAviation Center at Lewis University. He was a huge Cubs fan and frequently went to Meza, AZ for spring training.
In addition to his family, he leaves behind many wonderful friends. His family would like to thank the staff, Fab 50 members and preschoolers at Avery YMCA for taking him to their hearts. Thank you also to his friends and staff at American House Cedarlake for their friendship and care. Lastly, thank you to Residential Hospice, McKenzie, Amber, Jessica and Kathy and his caregiver, Elizabeth, for easing his last days.
Visitation will be from 9:00 -11:00 AM, Wednesday,September 15th at Overman-Jones Funeral Home, 15219 S. Joliet Road, Plainfield, IL 60540. The service will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Woodlawn II Cemetery, Joliet, IL.
For more information, please call 815-436-9221 or www.overman-jones.com
Published by The Herald-News from Sep. 12 to Sep. 13, 2021.