Delbert E. Leonard, 85, of Spencer, passed away in peace on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 13, 1934 in Cuba, IN to John T. and Virgie (Cassidy) Leonard, the youngest of nine children.
Delbert graduated from Spencer High School class of 1952. He married the love of his life Annice E. Black on August 28, 1954. They were the best of friends and companions until the very end. He was a member of the Cataract Baptist Church, Antique Tractor Association, American Legion, served on the board of directors at Federal Land Bank and was an avid soil and water conservationist.
Delbert served in the United States Army as a medic in the 47th Medical Battalion and received a letter of commendation just prior to his honorable discharge in December 1958. He retired from Bridgeport Brass after 22 years and started his love of full-time farming. Farming was his dream and enjoyed his farm life until he retired in 1997. This gave him the time to enjoy his black labs Bear and Casey, mowing his yard, passing out mints, watching his grandchildren play ball in the yard and at ball games, watching the geese on his lake, and holding the hand of his loving wife Annice.
Delbert his survived by his wife Annice Leonard of Spencer; son Randy Leonard of Spencer; daughter Karmen Dayhuff of Gosport; sister Geneva Lane of Florida; son-in-law John Wiegand of Bloomington; eight grandchildren Katie, Tiffany, Saige, Nathan, Dwayne, Jeffrey, Logan and Storme; and seventeen great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kathy Wiegand July, 9, 2019, granddaughter Tabitha Leonard, two grandsons Jeremy and Andrew Leonard, three brothers Lloyd, Russell and Charles Leonard, and four sisters Mildred Stanley, Juanita Bullard, Dorothy Downing and Bernice Brewer.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Huber officiating. Burial will follow at Hudson Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by the Owen County Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 PM and Tuesday from 12 noon until time of service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hudson Hill Cemetery Association.
Arrangements have been entrusted to West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.
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