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Leland G. "Lefty" Leonard

Leland G. Leland G. “Lefty” Leonard, age 85, of White City, Kansas died on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at the Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, Kansas.

He was born on January 17, 1933 in White City the son of George and Estella (Becker) Leonard. He graduated from White City High School and entered into the United States Air Force in 1954 and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in 1957. Lefty worked for the Federal Civil Service for 2 and a half years in Omaha, NE and then to Ft. Riley where he worked until his retirement in 1995.

Lefty was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, White City and the White City United Methodist Church. He was an avid K-State sports fan and enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises and had been a cattle farmer since the 1940’s. Above all, he loved being with his family and friends.

He was united in marriage to Lola Marie Evans on July 17, 1954 in White City, Kansas. This union was blessed with 3 children: Evan, Brenda and Lori.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife: Lola on January 9, 1997; 3 sisters: Lois Neal, Joyce Hjelm and Avis Worrell; 2 brothers: Lawrence and George Leonard.

Survivors include a son: Evan Leonard and his wife Kathy of Manhattan; 2 daughters: Brenda K. Ridley and her husband Dan of Manhattan and Lori Parker and her husband Randy of White City. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren: Bradlee Ridley (Carrie), Krystal Ridley, Amanda Leonard (Brent Chesnut), Tyler Parker(Bailey) and Leslie Haynes (Matt); 6 great-grandchildren: Colton & Maddie Ridley, Riggin & Lakyn Parker and Rhett & Nash Haynes along with many nieces, nephews and other family members.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday November 9, 2018 at the United Methodist Church, White City. Interment will follow in the White City Cemetery with Air Force Military Honors.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday November 8, 2018 at the United Methodist Church, White City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the White City High School Alumni Association or to the United Methodist Church, White City in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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