William E. ‘Bill’ Leonard
MIFFLIN – William E. “Bill” Leonard, 90, of the Locust Grove Retirement Village, and formerly of Mifflintown, died at 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Village.
Born on May 13, 1922, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, he was a son of the late Edward S. and Kathryn E. (Singer) Leonard. On May 9, 1940, he married his wife, Geraldine E. Leonard, with whom he shared nearly 72 years of marriage, before she preceded him in death on March 21, 2012.
He is survived by; three daughters, Nancy Casner and her husband, Brad, of Mifflin, Bonnie Seiler and her husband, David, of Sunbury, and Linda Pray, of Port Royal; three half-sisters, Kathleen Rheinhimer, of Bristol, Ind., Jean Lyter and her husband, Richard, of New Cumberland, and Joan Costello and her husband, Bruce, of Camp Hill; five grandchildren, Michael Kauffman, William Kauffman, Edward Seiler, Theresa Kauffman White and Lisa Seiler Morgan; seven stepgrandchildren, Steven Pray, William Pray, Pamela Casner Raudabaugh, Sheila Pray Lebkicher, Patrick Pray, Patsy Casner Brackbill and David Pray; 17 great-grandchildren; 17 stepgreat-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; six stepgreat-great-grand- sons; and two stepgreat-great-grand daughters.
Preceding him in death were: two grandsons, David L. Seiler and Nicholas C. Seiler; one son-in-law, Richard J. Pray; as well as two brothers-in-law, David H. Lauver and Jacob Rheinhimer.
Mr. Leonard was member and former trustee of the Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Mifflintown, and a life member of the Crawford-Brubaker VFW Post 5863 and American Legion Post 298, both of Mifflintown.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and proudly served his country during World War II in the North Atlantic on a sub chaser and on a landing craft tank ferrying men and supplies onto Omaha Beach for the D Day invasion.
A hard-working man well into his eighties, Bill worked at the Pennsylvania Railroad, Harrisburg and Denholm, American Viscose, Lewistown, Twin Boroughs Sanitary Authority, Mifflintown Municipal Authority, Yetter’s Electric before retiring as a security guard at Empire Kosher, all of Mifflintown.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 100 Bridge St., Mifflintown, with the Rev. Martha Pardee-Carlson officiating. Interment will follow in the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, where the Juniata County Veterans Council will accord full military burial honors.
A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
For those who desire, memorial donations in Mr. Leonard’s memory may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 209 Lemon St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Online tributes and condolences may be extended to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.