Lehmann, Charley Ferdinand, d. 1947 - Leonard, Wendell B., 1941


Lehmann, Charley Ferdinand 5 Mar 1874 - 20 Aug 1947 CCR 28 Aug 1947 p1

[Note: Son of Julius Louis & Augusta (Bengsch) Lehman; some of family used 1 “n” and others two “n” on surname; married 28 Jan 1898 Mathilda Metzelthin 12 Dec 1878 - 12 Oct 1960]

Charley Ferdinand Lehman was born in Michigan on March 5, 1874, and passed away at his home southeast of Billings on Aug. 20, 1947, at 2:20 p.m. at the age of 73 years, 5 months, and 15 days. He moved to Billings at the age of three and has lived in this community since. Through his work as a thresher man and farmer, he made friends far and near. He was united in marriage to Ida Mathilda Metzelthine on Jan. 28, 1896, and to this union five children were born. He was baptized and confirmed in the St. Peters Evangelical church of Billings of which he was a member until death. Survivors are his wife, Ida Mathilda Lehmann; two daughters, Freda Zoller of Billings and Lorene LeBlond of Long Beach, Calif.; three sons, Adolph and Harry, both of Billings, and Ralph Lehmann of Long Beach, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Fred Zell, one half-sister, Mrs. Otto Miekley, both of Billings; two brothers, Emil of near Clever and Robert Lehmann of Billings; also nieces and nephews and other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Evangelical church, conducted by Rev. R.G.A. Baries. Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of the Maples Funeral Home of Billings.


Lehmann, Emma M. (Zoller) 30 Mar 1886 - 30 Apr 1962 CCR 3 May 1962 p1

[Note: Daughter of William L. & Anna M. (Ebertd) Zoller; married Robert Frederick Lehman 25 Mar 1881 - 6 May 1963]

Funeral services for Mrs. Robert F. Lehmann, 76. of Billings, who died at 2:45  p.m. Monday at her home, were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, in the Harris Chapel in Billings, with the Rev. R. G. A. Bareis officiating. Burial was in St. Peter’s Evangelical Cemetery. She was a lifelong resident of the Billings community. Survivors include her husband, Robert F.; a daughter, Miss Mildred M. Lehmann of the home; a brothers, Bud Zoller of Billings and three sisters, Mrs. Lena Salchow, Mrs. Anna Rauch and Mrs. Mollie Oetker, all of Billings.


Lehmann, Mildred M. 24 May 1910 - 21 Dec 1972 OH 28 Dec 1972 p14

[Note: Daughter of  Robert Frederick & Emma M. (Zoller) Lehmann]

Billings - Miss Mildred M. Lehman, 62, Route 1, Billings, died in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, after a long illness. Mrs. Lehmann was a lifelong resident of the Billings area. Services were under the direction of Cantrell of Billings.


Lehner, Frances Louise “Frankie” (Huber) Hammer 16 Dec 1917 - 27 Apr 2002  CCH-N 1 May 2002

[Note: Daughter of Henry & Rosa (Berg) Huber; married fJames Amos "Jim" Hammer; married second John David Lehner]

Frances Louise Lehner, 84, Nixa, passed away April 27, 2002, in Christian Health Care, Nixa. She was born Dec. 16, 1917, in Billings, the daughter of Henry and Rosa (Berg) Huber. Lehner, known as Frankie, worked as a presser for Lloyd's Dry Cleaners for many years. She enjoyed making friends and participating in activities at the Nixa Senior Center. She received wonderful care both while a resident at Century Pines in Ozark and Christian Health Care in Nixa, where she loved her physician, Dr. Mac. Survivors include, four sisters, Betty Harter, Billings, Mary Ann Ruscha and husband, Raymond, Verona, Rosemond Harrington and husband, Joe, Nixa, and Joan Stewart and husband, Charles, Marshfield; 18 nieces and nephews, including Beverly and Steve Gann, Judy and Doug Long, and Joe and Leanette Harrington, who helped so much with visiting and care; 35 great-nieces and nephews, including Matthew Gann and his fiancee Beth Hart, Mark and Rochelle Gann, Andrea Long and Jacob Harrington; 19 great-great-nieces and nephews, including Braxton Gann; other relatives; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Amos "Jim" Hammer; her second husband, John David Lehner; and her parents. Funeral services were held April 30, in Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Dr. Richard Eakins and Chaplain Harold Williams officiating. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nixa Senior Center or Christian Health Care Hospice.


Leidy, Harry I. 13 Jan 1920 - 14 Mar 2008 SN-L 16 Mar 2008 & SN-L 17 Mar 2008

[Note; Son of Frederick Samuel & Kathryn M. (Phillips) Leidy; married 1946 Eula Kelone]

Harry I. Leidy, 88, of Springfield, Mo., passed away at 6:38 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2008, in The Gardens. He was born January 13, 1920, in Springfield, Mo., to Frederick and Kathryn Leidy. He was united in marriage to Eula Kelone in 1946. He was a past Master of Masonic United Lodge #5. He was an active member of the Shrine including the Red Cross of Constantine and Sertoma Club for the last 50 years. He was a past Patron of the Eastern Star Cresant Chapter 21 and a 65 year member of the I.B.E.W., Local 453. He was also an active member of N.E.C.A. He was preceded in death by a brother, William S. Leidy; and a sister, Marietta Mellers. He is survived by his wife, Eula; one daughter, Nancy Wallis and husband, Tom, Nixa, Mo.; one son, Robert Rick Leidy and wife, Jan, Fair Grove, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2008, in North Nixa Baptist Church with the Reverend Jerry Francisco officiating, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Brentwood Chapel. Burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sertoma Club.


Leidy, Kathryn M. (Phillips) 10 Jun 1896 - 24 Mar 1986 OH 3 Apr 1986 p5

[Note: married Frederick Samuel Leidy 6 Apr 1895 - 15 May 1955; birthdate on SSDI disagrees with age in obit]

Services for Kathryn M. Leidy, 91, Springfield, were held March 27 in Gorman-Scharpf University Chapel with Dr. James Reimer and the Rev. Maurice W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Leidy died March 24 in Springfield Community Hospital following a long illness. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Marietta Mellers, Nixa; one son,  Harry L., Nixa; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Baptist Church Memorial Fund.


Leigh, Charles Edward 1933 - 29 Oct 2007 SN-L 4 Nov 2007

[Note: Son of Millard & Arlie (Watts) Leigh; married Delores Briggs]

Charles Edward Leigh, 74 years old, of Hammond, La., died Monday, October 29, 2007, in North Oaks Medical Center. He was born in Ozark, Missouri. He was a retired nursing home administrator. Surviving are: grandchild and caregiver, Heather Leigh; two sons, Charles Briggs and Lt. Col. Darryl Briggs; brothers, Kenneth, David, Richard and Frankie Leigh; stepsister, Sharon Bilyee; grandchildren, Haleigh, Rose, Shelby, Savannah, Sierra and Jackson Briggs; and great-grandchild, Matthew Tarver. He is preceded in death by: wife, Dolores Briggs; parents, Millard Leigh and Argie Watts; brothers, Jimmy and William Leigh; sister, Patricia Tirres; and stepmother, Ruth Leigh. A visitation will be held at Greenlawn South Funeral Home on Monday, November 5, from 12 to 1 p.m., with services at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society , 2200 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Ste. 214, Kenner, LA 70062-4035. Condolences may be e-mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ subject line: Leigh.


Leigh, Pearl (Riggins) 19 May 1900 - 26 Sep 1933 CCR 28 Sep 1933 p1

[Note: Daughter of ? & Margaret ( ) Riggins; married Van Leigh; MO DC gives father‘s name as M. ]

Too ill about 9:30 Tuesday morning and passed away at 3:30 that afternoon -- short services held Wednesday and body taken to Ramsey, Ill., for burial.  Pearl Leigh, 33 year old wife of Van Leigh, both of whom were appearing here this week with the Barker Carnival company, took suddenly ill about 9:30 o’clock Tuesday morning and passed away that afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. She is survived by the husband, her mother, Mrs. Margaret Riggins of Portland, Ore., one brother and two sisters. She was born and reared near Kirksville, Mo. Short services were held at the Klepper Funeral Home on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Caughron officiating. The remains were taken overland that evening to Ramsey, Ill., for burial. They were accompanied by the husband and his mother, Mrs. Etta Leigh, and a niece, Miss Vinnie Howell of Chicago, who came to this city Tuesday afternoon and night after receiving the message of the death. Pearl and Van Leigh were operating the “Blue Eyes” show just north of the Merry Go Round. The cause of her death was given as pulmonary hemorrhage. Tuesday night the carnival ground remained in darkness, except for a twinkling light here and there. Across the archway to the Ferris Wheel, which heads the midway, there blazed a row of glittering lights, just below which hung a beautiful wreath. The knowledge that a trooper had passed on, the darkness of the ground on which people seek nothing but amusement, the ghostly stillness of the place, the glimmer of a tiny light here and there and the blazing gateway, draped with its wreath of flowers, wrote on every soul a wordless story. And then on Wednesday afternoon the populace again visioned another story which told itself in silence. Just before the short funeral services at the chapel, the Carnival company’s management placed the calliope at the head of the midway and while the casket containing the remains of Mrs. Leigh was being lowered into the box and then placed in the hearse the clear, plaintive, appealing notes of “Nearer My God to Thee” floated over the quietness of the street and on the still sunshiny Ozark air, were heard in every part of town. And so after all, a reverence for God and His Holiness had no end and lacks no power. From the throat of that mechanical instrument, operated almost entirely to call people to amusement, there must come an appealing power in the reverence of God and calling the thoughts of men, with the notes of “Nearer My God to Thee,” to the fact that after all, we must all some time stop and reflect. As the notes of the sacred and sweet gospel hymn, so masterfully produced by the fingers of Jimmy Gillam, one of the colored boys with the Carnival, floated into the ears of all who heard, we saw the tear leave is moistened path down the faces of men hardened to the road; we saw women of different races place their handkerchiefs to their eyes and we heard smothered sobs of thoughtfulness. And after all, God works in His mysterious way. And so Pearl Leigh may have served her days as “Blue Eyes” and she may have spent her life as a trooper, but in the last stand of her career, she suffers death and in that death hundreds are made to realize that it is the immortality of the soul that still counts for the most in everything. And as we viewed the respect and the reverence given to the memory of Pearl Leigh by the Carnival company management and every associate with the Carnival, as we see them bow their heads in sorrow and witness both men and women display no embarrassment nor offer an apology for the shedding of a tear, we cannot help but believe the souls of all men and women are the same, be they carnival trooper, traveling musician, marvelous magician, or the gospel singer of the street. The carnival associates may live their lives on the road, they may number their immediate friends and associates in the personnel of the troop, yet somewhere they have their loved ones, just as you and I have ours, and when the time comes to bow before the will of their God and their Creator, they do so willingly and unashamed before the eyes of men. The game of the road is not all roses and sunshine and when death crept into the life of Pearl and Van Leigh it was upon the dependency of friendship that they must lean. And this friendship failed them not. As the writer talked to Van Leigh just before he left Ozark we could tell by the tremor in his voice, by the redness of his eyes and the unsteadiness of his handshake, that his soul had suffered. He asked that in what we might say, that we express to the American Legion for the wreath and to the members of the Carnival company for their flowers and thoughtfulness his most sincere thanks and appreciation.


Leiman, Leona (Patton) Noe 1 Mar 1916 - 12 Aug 2006 SN-L 13 Aug 2006

[Note: Daughter of June & Lina (McConnell) Patton; married 14 Jan 1933 Clyde A. Noe 20 Jan 1908 - 18 Feb 1947; married William Harold  Leiman 6 Nov 1912 - 9 May 1987]

Mrs. Leona (Patton) Noe-Leiman departed this life in her sleep on August 12, 2006, at age 90. She was born March 1, 1916, in Nixa, Mo., the oldest of six children, to June and Lina Patton. Leona was preceded in death by her husband; the father of her three sons, Clyde Noe; her second husband, Harold Leiman; her mother and father; three brothers, Ivan Patton, Delmar Patton and Leonard Patton; and a sister, Mildred Blades. Leona is survived by her three sons, Eugene Noe, Strafford, Wayne Noe, Selins Grove, Pa., and Larry Noe, Nixa; a sister, Hazel Yenicheck, Springfield; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many other descendants. She was a member of Wilson's Creek Baptist church for many years and was a devout Christian. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15th, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, with Rev. Randall Moody officiating. Burial will follow in Manley Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Wilson Creek Baptist Church.


Leiman, William Harold 6 Nov 1912 - 9 May 1987

[Note: married Leona Patton 1 Mar 1916 - 12 Aug 2006 m/1 Noe]

William Harold Leiman, 74, Route 1, Brookline, will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Meadors Chapel, Republic, with the Rev. Randall Moody officiating. Burial will be in Manley Cemetery. Mr. Leiman died Saturday morning in Mount Vernon Chest Hospital after a short illness. He was a retired employee of MFA Milling Co and a member of Wilson Creek Baptist Church and Oddfellows Lodge of Avilla. He is survived by his wife, Leona; three stepsons, Eugene Noe, Battlefield, Wayne Noe, Republic, and Larry Noe, Nixa; one brother, Charles Leiman, Oakton KY,; two sisters, Dorothy Brown, Jackson, MO., and Christine Lindley, Joplin, MO; one stepsister, Mabel Stacey, Union City, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  The Springfield Leader and Press, May 10, 1987.

Springfield News-Leader, May 8, 2003.


Leitensdorfer, Celestine 27 Dec 1896 - 22 Jul 1964

[Note: Daughter of  Joseph Norris & Mary Pauline (Grove) Leitensdorfer]

Miss Celestine Leitensdorfer, 67, a retired schoolteacher, died at 2:40 p.m. yesterday in St. John’s Hospital following a lingering illness.  She had spent her lifetime in the Billings community.  Miss Leitensdorfer is survived by two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Neyer and Mrs. William Berghaus; and one brother, Vernon Leitensdorfer, all of Billings.  The rosary will be recited at 8 tonight in Cantrell Chapel in Billings, and the funeral will be conducted at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Billings.  The Rev. William Connell will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Leitendorfer, Celestina 27 Dec 1896 - 22 Jul 1964  CCR 30 Jul 1964 p1

Miss Celestina Leitendorfer, 67, a retired school teacher, died at 2:40 p.m. Wednesday in St. John’s Hospital following a lingering illness. She had spent her lifetime in the Billing community. Miss Leitendorfer is survived by two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Neyer and Mrs. William Berghaud and one brother, Vernon Leitensdorfer, all of Billings. The rosary was recited at 8 Thursday night in Cantrell Chapel in Billings and the funeral mass was conducted at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Billings. The Rev. William Connell officiated. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Leitensdorfer, Rosalie (Uhrig) 11 Feb 1893 - 8 Jun 1980 OH 12 Jun 1980 p5

[Note: married  24 Jun 1920 Vernon F. Leitensdorfer 1891 - 17 Sep 1965]

Services for Mrs. Rosalie M. Leitensdorfer, 87, Billings, was held Tuesday in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Msgr. John J. Rynish officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Mrs. Leitensdorfer died last Sunday morning at her home after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Billings, she was a member of  St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Billings Farm Club. She is survived by a step-daughter, Miss Lucille Leitensdorfer, of the home; and a brother, Frank Uhrig, Monett.


Leitensdorfer, Vernon F. 1891 - 17 Sep 1965  CCR 23 Sep 1965 p1

[Note: Son of  Joseph Norris & Mary Pauline (Grove) Leitensdorfer; married f Lucille J. Napper 20 May 1891 - 15 Apr 1916 who died at the birth of their daughter; married  Rosalie Uhring 11 Feb 1893 - Jun 1980]

Vernon F. Leitensdorfer, 74, Billings, died about 1 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 in his home. He worked as a grocery clerk in Billings for 50 years before he retired. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church at Billings. Surviving are his wife, Rosalee; a daughter, Miss Lucile Elizabeth Leitensdorfer of the home and a sister, Mrs. Emily Neyer, Billings. Rosary services were at 8 a.m. Sunday in Cantrell Chapel in Billings. Funeral mass was at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. William Connell officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery.


Leitle, Gertrude 3 May 1911 - 5 Jul 1977 OH 7 Jul 1977 p2

AURORA - Funeral mass for Miss Gertrude Leitle, 66 of Route 2, Aurora was at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church here with the Rev. James McKenna officiating, Rosary services were held at 8:15 p.m. today in the Crafton-Cantrell Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Woznicka officiating. Miss Leitle, a lifelong Aurora resident, died at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday in the Camden Health Center in Monett in Monett after a long illness. She was an employe for 43 years at the Juvenile Shoe Factory. Miss Leitle was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Holy Trinity Altar Society, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Aurora Community Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include: four sisters, Josephine, Pauline and Mary Leitle, all of the Aurora home; and Mrs. Helen Brown, of Aurora; three brothers, Bill of Aurora, Gene of Billings and Charles of Joplin.


Lemaster,  Jack Desmond 15 Dec 1934 - 14 Jan 2005 SN-L 20 Jan 2005

[Note: married 27 Nov 1954 Donna Lee Vedder]

Jack bravely fought cancer for 21 months. During this time he composed the following: Jack Desmond Lemaster was born in the Aurora and Crane area on December 15, 1934, and died on January 14, 2005, in the Nixa area, after a long battle with bone cancer. He attended school at Osa Grade School and high school at Aurora, but finished his last year at Center High in Kansas City, Mo., where he met his loving wife Donna. Jack was married to Donna Lee Vedder on November 27, 1954, and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on that date in 2004. He is preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, four brothers-in-law, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his wife Donna Lee (Vedder) Lemaster, two sons, Michael Desmond Lemaster and Jason Wayne Lemaster and his wife Carla, all of whom live and work in the Nixa area; two granddaughters, one grandson, and one great-grandson, all of whom were the pride of his life. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Jo Henderson and Phyllis Bennett, both of Aurora, Mo. Jack leaves behind a multitude of good friends. Jack moved to the Nixa area in 1970. He spent his life at various jobs and positions. He was a barber, custom home builder, hardware clerk, hardware manager, and a lifetime furniture and home designer. A memorial service will be held at noon January 22, 2005, in the Aldersgate Methodist Church, at the corner of Highway 160 and Aldersgate Road in Nixa. Burial will be in the Osa Cemetery, five miles west of Crane, Mo., at a time set at the conclusion of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hulston Cancer Center, Springfield, Mo.


Leming, Clyde 18 Sep 1903 - 20 Jun 1989 NN-E 29 Jun 1989

[Note: married Lynn M. McConnell 25 Dec 1902 - 6 Jul 1986]

Clyde Leming, 85, of Nixa, died at 6:45 p.m. June 20 at St. John's Regional Health Center, Springfield. Graveside services for Mr. Leming were held June 22 in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Springfield, under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home South. Mr. Leming was a retired railroad boiler maker.


Leming, Fred Alexander 1902 - Feb 1973 OH 1 Mar 1973 p9

[Note: married Thelma]

Rogersville - Fred Alexander Leming, 70. of Rogersville, died in the emergency room at Cox Medical Center after a long illness. He was a retired Frisco employee and a member of the Norwood Baptist Church and the Henderson Masonic Lodge of Rogersville. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; two sons, Jerry of Springfield and Gary Neil of Ava; two daughters, Mrs. Katherine Malicoat of Springfield and Wanda Jefferies of Springfield; one brother, Carl of Rt. 2, Rogersville; one sister, Mrs. Irene Snow, of Los Angeles, Calif.; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Marsh of Rogersville.


Leming, Leota 10 Oct 1909 - 6 Jul 1982 OH 15 Jul 1982 p3

Services for Leota Leming, 72, Route 1, Fordland, were held July 10 in Marsh Funeral Chapel in Rogersville with the Rev. Hubert Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Fordland Cemetery. Mrs. Leming died July 6 in her home after a short illness. Survivors include one son, William A., Ozark; three daughters, Mrs. Betty Helms and Mrs. Shirley Smith, both of Ozark, Mrs. Phyllis Grey, Wichita, Kan.; five half brothers, Darrell Ward. Desert Palm, Calif.; Don Ward, Kiowa, Colo., Robert L. Ward, Westminister, Colo., Fred and Eugene Emery, both of Mountain Grove; two half sisters, Mrs. Irene Duddridge, Simi, Calif., and Mrs. Dorothy Hunt, Colorado Springs, Colo,; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


Leming, Lynn M. (McConnell) 25 Dec 1902 - 6 Jul 1986 OH 10 Jul 1986 p6

[Note: Daughter of William Linza & Anna Pearl (McDaniel) McConnell; married Clyde Leming 18 Sep 1903 - 20 Jun 1989]

Services for Lynn M. Leming, 83, Nixa, were held July 9 in Greenland Funeral Home South with the Rev. Joe Fahl officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Leming died July 6 in St. John’s Regional Health Center, Springfield. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and Royal Neighbors. Survivors include her husband, Clyde; two sisters, Iva Hedgpeth, Ozark and Marie Garrison, Nixa.


Leming,  William Keith 30 Dec 1959 - 22 Dec 1996 CCH 1 Jan 1997

[Note: Son of William & Donnie (  ) Leming; married Paula]

William Keith Leming, age 36, of Lebanon, Ohio, formerly of Ozark, died Sunday, December 22, 1996 near Narrows, Virginia, in an air cargo plane accident. He was born December 30, 1959 in Wichita, Kansas and lived in Kansas City before moving to Ozark at age 14. He was a 1978 graduate of Christian Schools of Springfield. On March 17, he married Darlene Pitts. He attended College of the Ozarks and in 1984 graduated from Calvary Bible College in Kansas City with a degree in Missionary Aviation. That year he also received a degree from Baker's School of Aeronautics. At the time of his death, he was employed by Airborne Express, Wilmington, Ohio, as captain and flight manager of DC-8 planes. Keith attended Grace Baptist Church in Middletown, Ohio. He was a member of Ozark Baptist Temple during the time he lived in Ozark. Keith was a devoted father, husband, and son. He enjoyed the time he could spend with his family, and his loving memory will forever be in their hearts. Survivors include: his wife, Paula; two children, Kara Jo and Nathan Keith Leming of the home; his parents, William and Donnie Leming, Ozark; a sister, Cathy La-Rae Hedgpeth, Sparta, and her son, Jesse; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Rachel Pitts, Ava; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kim Pits, Ava, John and Pam Aldrich, Lexington, Kentucky, and their children, Andrew and Matthew, Michael and Kristi Teaster, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Keith and Julie Watson, Romance, and their son, Ryan; a grandmother-in-law, Modena Pitts, Rogersville; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 29th in Ozark Baptist Temple with Rev. John Aldrich and Rev. Eric Winslow officiating. Burial was in Swanville Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark. Memorial contributions may be made to Middletown Christian Schools Building Fund.


Lemler, Jewel Delma (Hammond) 9 Apr 1911 - 20 Jun 2003

[Note: Daughter of Alves Childer & Liza Ellen (House) Hammond; married Alva D. Lemler]

Jewel Delma Lemler died at 10:20 a.m. June 20, 2003, in Ozark Riverview Manor where she had been a beloved resident for many years. She was born April 9, 1911, in Chadwick, the daughter of Alves Childer Hammond and Liza Ellen (House) Hammond. Survivors include her sister, Nellie May Valle and husband Robert, El Cajon, Calif.; a niece, Marlene Chandler, Moline, Ill.; a nephew, Larry Gibson, Chicago, Ill.; a cousin, Marie Applegate, Chadwick; and other relatives and friends. Her parents and her husband, Alva Lemler, preceded her in death. A graveside funeral was 10 a.m. June 24, in Chadwick Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.


Lemley, Blanche 15 Jan 1905 - 24 Oct 1979 OH 1 Nov 1979 p11

Services for Mrs. Blanche Lemley, Nixa, were Friday in Harris Chapel with the Rev. Harold Davis officiating. Burial was in Payne Cemetery. Mrs. Lemley died Oct. 24 in St. John’s Regional Health Center after a long illness. She was a member of the First Christian Church. Survivors include a foster son, Tommy Brown, Liberal, Kan,; a stepson, Paul Lemley, Kalsalka, Mich. and three sisters, Mrs. Idola Murfin, Nixa, Mrs. Greathel Dow, Sturgess, S. D. and Mrs. Eythel Mark, Gresham, Ore.


Lemnah, Helen K. 1912 - Oct 2011 SN-L 5 Oct 2011

Helen K. Lemnah, 99, Nixa. Arrangements: Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


Lemons, Arizona 25 Dec 1901 - 10 Jan 1979 OH 18 Jan 1979 p4

Services for Mrs. Arizona Lemons, mother of Charles D. Lemons, Nixa, were held Saturday in Dedmon Chapel at 2 p.m. with Eugene Wilson officiating. Burial was in No. 1 Cemetery near Huggins. Mrs. Lemons died last Wednesday in Mountain Grove Nursing Home after a long illness. She was a lifelong Mountain Grove resident and a member of the Church of Christ. She is also survived by two other sons, Ansel and Leo, both of Mountain Grove, and a daughter , Mrs. Ruth Miller, Kansas City.


Lenhard, Violetta C. (Tate) Wilson 20 Aug 1909 - 23 Jul 1991  NN-E 1 Aug 1991

[Note: Daughter of Frank & Mary (  ) Tate; married first Ralph Eugene Wilson; married 1948  Walter E. Lenhard 18 Sep 1906 - 19 Mar 1978]

Violetta C. Lenhard, 91, Ozark, died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 1991, in Ozark Nursing and Care Center. She was born Aug. 20, 1909, in Sikeston, N.D., to Frank and Mary Tate. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter E. Lenhard; and a grandson, David Wright. Survivors include a son, Lanford Wilson, New York, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Elaine Dunn, Ozark, and Judy Williams, state of California; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services were Friday in Harris Colonial Chapel, Ozark, with Pastor Richard Orrell and the Rev. Jim Groves officiating. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery.


Lenhard, Walter E. 18 Sep 1906 - 19 Mar 1978  OH 23 Mar 1978 p5

[Note: married Violetta E. Tate 20 Aug 1909 - 23 Jul 1991]

OZARK - Walter E. Lenhard, 71, Ozark died at 7:35 p.m. Sunday in his home after a long illness. He was a retired fieldman for Major Cheese in Ozark and a member of the Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife, Violetta; two daughters, Mrs. Elaine Dunn, Ozark and Mrs. Judy Wright, Costa Mesa, Calif.; a stepson, Lanford Wilson, New York; a sister, Mrs. Lydia Hopperdietzel, Idaho Falls, Idaho; two brothers, Arno, Warsaw, Wis. and Otto, Athens, Wis, and five grandchildren.


Lenhard, Walter E. 18 Sep 1906 - 19 Mar 1978 OH 30 Mar 1978 p10

Card Of Thanks

We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for the flowers, food. prayers and kindnesses shown us during the illness and death of our husband and father, Walt Lenhard.  Violetta, Elaine, Judy and Lenford.


Lent, John Lester 4 Sep 1962 - 4 Jun 1999  CCH-N 9 Jun 1999

[Note Son of Harold & Dorothy (Lewis) Lent; married Nancy]

John Lester Lent, Nixa, died Friday, June 4, 1999, in his home. John was born September 4, 1962, the son of Dorothy Lewis Lent and Harold Lent. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a daughter, Robin Pearce, Boston, Massachusetts; and a brother, Harold, Florida. His extended family includes June and Al Gallo and family, Highlandville. A Nixa resident since August 1998, John was a long-time member of the Church of Christ. Memorial services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 1999, in Southside Church of Christ, Ozark, under direction of Harris, a Heritage Funeral Home, Nixa, officiated by family friend Keith Barnhart, Overland Park, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Southwest Missouri.


Lentz, Cletis Irene (Baker) 9 Jul 1911 - 25 May 2001

[Note: Daughter of Robert Henry & Weltha Elizabeth (Ghan) Baker; married 10 Jun 1938 Fred A. Lentz 27 Feb 1908 - 4 May 1987]

Cletis Irene Baker Lentz, 89, Springfield, Mo., departed from this life at 1:45 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2001, in Primrose Place.  Cletis was born July 9, 1911, to Robert H. and Weltha E. Ghan Baker, in Clever, Mo.  She married Fred A. Lentz in 1938.  She attended Southwest Baptist University and graduated in 1933, from Southwest Missouri State University.  She taught music and home economics in Branson and Republic Schools and was a home economist for the Farm Security Administration in Jasper and Barton County while living in Carthage, Mo., for many years.  She was a member of First Baptist Church and a teacher in Sunday School and missions wherever she lived.  Cletis was preceded in death by her husband on May 4, 1987; her parents; three brothers, Howard, Raymond, and Huber Baker; and a sister, Fern Viola Baker.  Survivors include, one brother, Robert G. Baker, Kansas City, Mo.; two nephews, Rex and wife Susan Baker, San Diego, Calif., and Brad and wife Rovey Baker, San Francisco, Calif.; four nieces, Caroline Wren, and Suzanne Chastain and husband Steve, all of Springfield, Mo., Donna and husband Mike Simpson, Columbia, Mo., and Janet Paquette, state of Michigan; eight great-nieces and nephews; cousins; special friends; and a host of friends.  Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in Walnut Lawn DeGraffenreid-Wood Funeral Home Chapel, with burial to follow in Wise Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call after 10 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel.  If desired, memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Leonard, Abram B. 30 Jul 1836 - 29 Jun 1927 CCR 30 Jun 1927 p8

[Note: Son of  Peter & ? (Harrison) Leonard; married Elizabeth Ross 1846 - 1903]

Uncle Abe Leonard died this Wednesday morning at the home of his son, John Leonard, 4 miles northwest of Ozark, The deceased is the grandfather of Dewitt C. Leonard of this city. Arrangements were incomplete at press time Wednesday.


Leonard, Abram B. 30 Jul 1836 - 29 Jun 1927 CCR 7 Jul 1927 p1

A. B. Leonard died at the home of his son, John Leonard June 29th, aged 90 years, 10 months and 29 days. Funeral services were held at Roller cemetery June 30th at 3 o’clock conducted by Rev. A. S. Hanks with burial under direction of T. B. Chaffin. He is survived by three sons and one daughter, Noah and Arthur Leonard of Springfield, John Leonard of Ozark and Mrs. Mary Roberts of Oklahoma, and several grandchildren.


Leonard, Arthur Clinton 19 Feb 1873 - 18 Jan 1958 CCR 23 Jan 1958 p5

[Note: married 1893 Ida Catherine Sparks 4 May 1873 - 25 Sep 1940; married Henrietta ]

Funeral services for Arthur Clinton Leonard, 84 of Ozark who died Saturday, January 18 after an illness of several years, were held Monday, Jan 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chaffin Funeral Chapel at Ozark, with Rev. Vance officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery, Springfield under direction of Chaffin. A native of the Linden community northeast of Ozark, he was married in 1893 to Ida Catherine Sparks who preceded him in death as did one son. He homesteaded land near Hugo, Mo in 1907 and later operated a cafeteria in Springfield. For the past 19 years, he had lived on his farm near Ozark. He was a member and active worker  of the Ozark Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Henriettta Leonard; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Thompson of Pryor, Okla and Mrs. Edith Mooney of Tulsa; a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Louise Moentnish of Oklahoma City; a sister, Mrs. Mary E. Dreier of Oklahoma City, a nephew, D. C. Leonard of Ozark, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, other nieces and nephews.


Leonard, Bessie Brown (Chaffin) 17 Jan 1893 - 26 Oct 1915 CCR 29 Oct 1915 p1

[Note: Daughter of Newton Mulkey & Maggie Belle (Horn) Chaffin; married 21 Jun 1913 Dewitt Clinton Leonard 22 Nov 1892 - 8 Mar 1981]

Mrs. Bessie Leonard, daughter of Newt Chaffin and wife of Dewitt Leonard, departed this life at Pembina at 2 o’clock a.m. Tuesday morning, October 26, aged 22 years. Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, conducted by Rev. W. T. Vanover of Ozark, with interment in the Pembina cemetery. The deceased was another victim of tuberculosis. She leaves an infant about three months old, two brothers, one sister, father, mother and husband and other relatives besides a host of friends to mourn her death.


Leonard, Bessie Brown (Chaffin) 17 Jan 1893 - 26 Oct 1915 CCR 5 Nov 1915 p1

Bessie Brown Chaffin was born January 17, 1893 and died October 26, 1915. She was converted and united with the Smyrna Baptist church in October 1906 and was a consecrated christian, Her life was untarnished and she was a brilliant light in the community in which she lived. Every one who knew her loved her, and it will be long before she is forgotten. Miss Chaffin was married to D. C. Leonard, a teacher of our county, June 21, 1913 and to this union God gave one sweet little infant. They were happy and contented till that swift winged messenger of death came and took from the home its light and glory. Brother Leonard is left broken hearted and the babe to be cared for by those who love. Mrs. Leonard is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Newt Chaffin of Pembina. This splendid family is a good asset in their community and all are in sympathy with them. Sister Leonard’s church sorrows as one person. Here labors were unselfish and her faithfulness and good cheer and sturdy faith are not often excelled.. It is not easy for me to realize that Bessie will no longer be seen among us. Her passing away is a clarion call to the church she so dearly loved, to rise to new heights of consecration and loyalty to Christ. Such a glorious death is but the natural sequence of such a victorious and overcoming life.  J. A. Wilson


Leonard, Dewitt Clinton 22 Nov 1892 - 8 Mar 1981 OH 12 Mar 1981 p8

[Note: Son of John W. & Mary Ellen (Johnson) Leonard; married 21 Jun 1913 CCM Bessie Brown Chaffin 17 Jan 1893 - 26 Oct 1915; married 25 Dec 1917 CCM Loretta Miller Bryant 24 Nov 1889 - 19 Jan 1975]

Funeral services for Dewitt C. Leonard, 88, of 301 E. Elm, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) in the Ozark First Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Shank officiating. , under direction of Harris Funeral Home. Mr. Leonard died Sunday at Springfield Nursing Home after a long illness. A longtime Banker and building and loan officer in Ozark, Mr. Leonard was one of Ozark’s most highly regarded citizens. F. A. Ledbetter, probably Mr. Leonard’s best friend, said of him, He was the finest of men. He was like a brother to me. He was only 10 years older, but when I needed fatherly advice, I could always count on him.” Mr. and Mrs. Ledbetter and Mr. Leonard and his late wife, Loretta, were traveling companions to many places in the United States. On his last trip, after Mrs. Leonard died, Mr. Leonard insisted the Ledbetters accompany him. “I couldn’t go anywhere with you,” he said. Mr. Ledbetter had taken care of Mr. Leonard’s personal property since he went to the nursing home. Important papers in his possession will be turned over to the Ozark Bank, executors of his estate. Mr. Leonard was a native of the Pembina community near Rogersville and moved to Ozark in 1916. He served 50 years as secretary and president of Ozark Building and Loan Association until his retirement in 1979. At the same time, he was director for several years at the Ozark Bank. He also had his own insurance agency for several years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as deacon for several years. Survivors are several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Leonard, Dwight Lyman 20 Jan 1900 - 12 Apr 1923 CCR 20 Apr 1923 p1

[Note: Son of  John W. & Mary Ellen “Ella” (Johnson) Leonard; buried Roller Cemetery]

Card of Thanks

We wish to express our thanks to the neighbors and friends who assisted us so much during the recent sickness and death of our son and brother, Dwight L. Leonard. We assure you that we appreciate everything that was done for us during this trying time, and also thank the doctors and nurse for their efforts, and all the friends who sent so many beautiful flowers.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Leonard


Leonard, Eugene Clinton, Master Technical Sergeant Jun 1923 - 21 Apr 1946 CCR 25 Apr 1946 p5

[Note: grandson of Arthur Clinton & Ida Catherine (Sparks) Leonard]

A.C. Leonard received word Sunday of the death of his grandson, Master Technical Sergeant Eugene Clinton Leonard, USMC, in an automobile accident. He was stationed at Santa Ana, Calif., since his return from overseas duty. He saw service in Guadalcanal and other Pacific Theatres of the war. He had completed one term of service in the Marine Air Service and had re-enlisted for a term of two years. Survivors are his father, mother and sister of Tulsa, Okla. Funeral services are incomplete, but will be held in Tulsa.


Leonard, Eugene Clinton, Master Technical Sergeant Jun 1923 - 21 Apr 1946 CCR 2 May 1946 p4

Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Leonard, Miss Mary Hitt, and Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Leonard drove to Tulsa, Okla., last Sunday to attend the funeral of Eugene Leonard, who was killed in an automobile accident on the West Coast early in the morning on Easter Sunday. Eugene was known to a number of Ozark people, as he had spent several summers with his uncle, Arthur C. Leonard, at his farm home on Finley. According to the best information available, the accident happened about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Eugene had left the Marine Base at Santa Ana with two other Marines for the Easter holiday. The car was driven by one of his companions and Eugene was in the front seat with the driver. There were no witnesses to the tragedy, but it is known the night was foggy along U.S. Highway 101 and it is presumed the driver was not familiar with the road and failed to take a sharp curve near Santa Monica. The car left the highway and crashed into a concrete base of an oil derrick just off the right-of-way. The two occupants of the front seat were killed and the one in the rear seat is in the Long Beach Naval Hospital with a skull fracture and both legs broken. His condition is serious but it is believed he will live. The accident was not witnessed and the wrecked car and its occupants were not found until some hours later. Marine Sergeant Driver, of Morrilton, Ark., accompanied the body to Tulsa. A letter to relatives from Eugene’s commanding officer gave all information that was available. The letter stated that an official investigation showed that no alcohol was involved in the accident. Eugene was born in Springfield, Mo., but lived in Tulsa most of the time. He would have been 23 years old in June of this year. He was a member of the First Methodist church in Tulsa. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon and burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Tulsa.


Leonard, Ida Catherine (Sparks) 4 May 1873 - 25 Sep 1940 CCR 26 Sep 1940 p1

[Note: Daughter of John & Susan S. (Dilks) Sparks; married 24 Dec 1893 Arthur Clinton Leonard 19 Feb 1873 - 18 Jan 1958]

Funeral services for Mrs. A.C. Leonard, who passed away Wednesday evening at 10:30 at Burge hospital, Springfield, will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Chaffin Funeral Home in Ozark. Interment in East Law cemetery in Springfield.


Leonard, Ida Catherine (Sparks) 4 May 1873 - 25 Sep 1940 CCR 3 Oct 1940 p2

Ida Catherine Sparks Leonard was the daughter of Susan and John Sparks, born near Richland, Kansas, May 4, 1873. Her father having died , when she was quite young, from measles contracted in the Union Army during the Civil War, her grandfather, Elijah Dilks, brought her mother, Susan Sparks and her family to Missouri where Ida grew to womanhood. She professed religion in the fall of 1893 she became the wife of A.C. Leonard and to this union five children were born. One son preceding her in death in 1895. Surviving are: the husband, A.C. Leonard, two sons, Otis and Earl; two daughters, Florence Kane and Mrs. Richard R. Mooney all of Tulsa, OK, two sisters, Mrs. Laura Foster of Springfield, MO, Mrs. Mary Daugherty of Olympia, Washington; one brother, Everett Sparks of Taneyville, MO, and six grandchildren. At the time of her death she was a member of the Presbyterian church of Ozark, MO, where she was an active worker. Funeral services were conducted Friday Sept. 27, 1:00 pm in the Chaffin Funeral Home by Rev. A.S. Hanks with burial in the Eastlawn cemetery in Springfield under the direction of T.B. Chaffin of Ozark.


Leonard, John W. 24 Aug 1865 - 28 May 1944 CCR 1 Jun 1944 p1

[Note: Son of Abraham & Elizabeth (Ross) Leonard; married 5 Dec 1889 Ellen Johnson 30 Sep 1860 - 23 Oct 1936]

John W. Leonard was born in the state of Indiana on Aug. 24, 1865, and came to Missouri with his parents in 1867. The remainder of his life was spent in Christian County, mostly in the Linden-Pembina community. At the age of 19 he was converted and became a member of the Methodist Church. This affiliation continued as long as he lived, his membership being in the Elm Grove Church. On Dec. 5, 1889, he was married to Ellen Johnson. This union was dissolved by the death of his wife on Oct. 23, 1936. There were two sons and the younger, Dwight L. Leonard, passed away in April 1923 at the age of 23 years. The older son, D.C. Leonard, survives are one brother, A.C. Leonard, of Ozark, Mo., and one sister, Mary Dreir, of Oklahoma City. In his earlier years, Mr. Leonard was a well known school teacher, having taught some 20 years in the rural schools of Christian and Greene counties. He was also active in Sunday School and Church matters until he removed too far from his Church to be a regular attendant. From 1910 to 1932 he was Justice of the Peace in Linden Township. He departed this life on May 28, 1944, at his home near Ozark, at the age of 78 years, nine months and four days. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 31, at Elm Grove Church by Rev. Earl French and Rev. Floyd Hanks with burial in the Roller Cemetery under direction of the Chaffin Funeral Home of Ozark.


Leonard, Loretta Miller (Bryant) 24 Nov 1889 - 19 Jan 1975  OH 23 Jan 1976 p9

[Note: Daughter of James Beverly & Julia Alice (Webber) Bryant;married Dewitt Clinton Leonard 22 Nov 1892 - 8 Mar 1981]

OZARK - Services for Mrs. Loretta M. Leonard, 86, a lifelong resident of Ozark were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist Church here with the Revs. Allen Harrison and Bruce Maples officiating. Burial was in Ozark Cemetery under direction of Harris. Mrs. Leonard died at 2 p.m. Monday at Harris Chapel in Ozark with the Rev. Conrad Kitchell officiating and the Rev. Earl T. Sechler assisting. Burial followed in the Sparta Cemetery.


Leonard, Otis B. Jul 1897 - 9 May 1969 CCR 15 May 1969 p8

[Note: Son of Arthur Clinton & Ida Catherine (Sparks) Leonard; married Alma]

Funeral services were Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla. for a former Springfield resident , Otis B. Leonard, 72, who died in a hospital there Friday after a long illness. Mr. Leonard moved from Springfield to Tulsa several years ago. Survivors include his wife, Alma of the Tulsa home; one daughter, Mrs. Frances Lindsay, and one son, Harold, both of Tulsa; two sisters, Mrs. Clyde Thompson, Gravette, Ark. and Mrs. Edith Mooney, state of Colorado; one brother, Earl, state of Texas and five grandchildren. Mr. Leonard is the son of the later Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Leonard of Ozark and a cousin of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Leonard. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Moore-Eastlawn Chapel in Tulsa, with burial in Floral Haven Cemetery there.


Leonard, Noah Madison 18 Mar 1869 - 24 Jun 1940 CCR 4 Jul 1940 p1

[Note: Son of Abraham & Elizabeth (Ross) Leonard; married 13 Aug 1889 Biddie M. Gray]

N. M. Leonard passed away Monday, June 24 at his Boulder, Colorado home. He had been seriously ill since last March. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard moved from Springfield, MO, to Boulder in 1909 and returned in 1924 to accept the position as assistant cashier at the McDaniel bank. Then in 1935 they again moved to Colorado where they established a permanent home. Mr. Leonard was born in Christian county, MO, March 18, 1869. In his younger days he taught school and worked 7 years in a drug store at Rogersville. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard quietly celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary last summer at their Boulder home. He leaves Mrs. Leonard, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lelia Tripp of Boulder, and two sons, Jack C. of Lincoln, NB, who is ill at a Denver hospital, and Claude L. of Longview, WA, seven grandchildren, two brothers, A.C. and J.W. of Ozark, MO, and a sister, Mrs. John Drier of Oklahoma City. Funeral services were Wednesday, June 26, at Boulder.


Leonard, Wendell Bryant 13 Sep 1918 - 26 Aug 1941 CCR 28 Aug 1941 p1

[Note: Son of Dewitt Clinton & Loretta Miller (Bryant) Leonard]

Wendell Leonard, Ozark city collector, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Leonard, was killed about 11 o’clock Tuesday night during a severe electric storm here when he was struck by a flash of lightning in front of the F.A. Ledbetter home. Leonard was taking Miss Christina Ledbetter home after they had spent the evening in Springfield. He was helping her out of the car when the lightning struck him. It crashed into a tree about five feet away, and jumped from the tree to him. He had taken Miss Ledbetter’s hand. She was thrown back to the other side of the car, but was not injured. Leonard was 23 years old, and was elected city collector here this spring. He had previously served a term as city clerk. He was graduated in 1936 from the Ozark High School, and left in July to attend the Aero Parts Company School at Wichita, KS. He returned Friday for a week’s vacation here. Miss Ledbetter also returned at that time from the Burge Hospital at Springfield where she is taking nurse’s training. Funeral services will be at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at the Baptist Church in Ozark, with the Rev. L.H. Maples of Milan officiating. Burial was in the City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Forest Klepper, Wilbur Patterson, Maurice Chaffin, Clyde McConnell, Bill Taylor, and Ford Haguewood. Ozark business houses will probably be closed for the funeral.


Leonard, Wendell B. 13 Sep 1918 - 26 Aug 1941 CCR 4 Sep 1941 p1

The entire community was stunned last week by the tragic death of Wendell B. Leonard, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Leonard of Ozark. His death occurred shortly after 11 o’clock, Wednesday night, Aug. 27, when he was struck and instantly killed by lightning in the yard of the F.A. Ledbetter home on West Walnut Street. He and his fiancée, Miss Christina Ledbetter, had just returned from a trip to Springfield, and the sever electrical storm was at its height when they drove into the yard. Wendell had just stepped from the car when the bolt struck a large elm tree only a few feet away and arced into his body. Miss Ledbetter was severely shocked by the same bolt but is making satisfactory recovery at the home of her parents. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Ozark Baptist Church and the building held only a fraction of Wendell’s friends who gathered to pay last tribute to an exemplary young man. Every available bit of space in the church was taken and hundreds remained outside the church during the services. It is estimated that more than a thousand friends of the Leonard family joined them in their sorrow as they filed past the casket at the front of the church as the services ended. Although unbearable torn by the tragedy the Leonard and Ledbetter families can surely find a measure of solace in the fact that in the few short years of his life Wendell B. Leonard had acquired and assumed a unique place in the community of his birth. His name was synonymous with everything forthright and honest. More than 35 flower girls were required to handle the massive array of floral pieces, 83 in all. Pallbearers were Wm. C. Taylor, Maurice Chaffin, Clyde McConnell, Ford Haguewood, of Ozark, and Wilbur Patterson and Forest Klepper, of Aurora. Internment was in the Ozark City Cemetery, under direction of the of the Chaffin Funeral Home of Ozark. The following obituary was read at the funeral services, conducted by Rev. L.H. Maples of Milan, MO, and Rev. Floyd Hanks, pastor of the Ozark Baptist Church. Wendell Bryant Leonard, son of Dewitt C. and Loretta Leonard, born Sept. 13, 1918, in Ozark, Christian County, MO, passed to his reward, Aug. 26, 1941, at the age of 22 years, 11 months and 13 days. Wendell attended the Ozark Public Schools, having graduated from the grade school in 1932, and four years later, having graduated with high honors from high school. He was especially interested, during his high school years in music and athletics and was a member of the high school glee club and quartette. He also was a member of the high school basketball team, in which he proved his efficiency and good sportsmanship, by the letters awarded. He then entered Springfield Teachers’ College, in the year of 1936, where he studied for two years. He also was a member of the men’s glee club in this institution. After completion of his studies, in 1940, he was elected city clerk to fill the unexpired term of L.N. Farmer, and in 1941, was honored by being elected city collector, which office he held until his death. Had he lived, he would have finished an aviation mechanical training course in Wichita, KS, within the next two weeks. Wendell was a charter member of the Ozark Lion’s Club and at all times demonstrated his progressiveness in civic matters. He was converted and united with the Ozark Baptist Church March 16, 1930, at the age of eleven years, through the influence of his Sunday School teacher, Mrs. J.W. Richardson. His consecrated, clean, Christian young life has been an inspiration to all who knew him. He often used his beautiful voice in the church quartettes and also in leading congregational singing. His moral and spiritual life was clean and pure. His future was bright because of his high ambitions, good citizenship, and fair dealings with his fellows. Our hearts are heavy as we are compelled to say farewell to one of our finest Christian young men, but we humbly bow in divine submission to the will of God, looking forward with eyes of faith to a meeting beyond the veil. He leaves to mourn his going, his dearly beloved father and mother, Dewitt C. and Loretta Leonard; his true and devoted fiancée, Miss Christina Ledbetter, who had helped wonderfully in sweetening his young life; his grandmother, Mrs. Julia Bryant; his grandfather, J.W. Leonard; and two uncles, Mann and Bonnie Bryant, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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