2012-03-17 / Obituaries

Clarence G. “Cy” Leonard

A funeral service for Clarence G. “Cy” Leonard, 90, of Newark, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Brucker and Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st Street, Newark, with Pastor Tom Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Newark Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Military honors will be conducted by Licking County Veterans Alliance.

Masonic services will be held on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Visitation is from 6 - 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral on Saturday.

Cy was born June 19, 1921, in Columbus, to the late Gabriel F. and Dora Mae (Brust) Leonard. He died at his residence and went to be with his Heavenly Father on March 12, 2012.

Cy was a 1940 graduate of South High School and a veteran of the World War II Asiatic- Pacific Theatre serving from 1942 to 1945 in the U.S. Marine Corps, Third Division. Corporal Leonard earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze Star Medals. He retired from B & L Motor Freight of Newark in 1982 after 30 years of service as a truck body repairman and member of the Teamsters Union. Cy and his wife also owned and operated the Utica Peat Company from 1952 to 1965.

In 1957, Cy joined Licking Lodge 291 in Utica. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Aladdin Shrine, Provost Unit and Ambassadors Club. He was past President of both the Southeast Shrine Club and the Licking County Shrine Club. Cy received many awards for his volunteer work and fundraising efforts to support local children and the Shriners Burns Hospital in Cincinnati. He was passionate about Licking County Shriner’s Little League and Aladdin Shrine Circus.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Rose (Newport) Leonard; son, Larry (Patty) Leonard of Newark; daughters, Laura (Gary) Buck of Pickerington; Peggy Wells of Buckeye Lake, and Barbara (Richard Taps) Rogers of Gahanna; grandchildren, Brian Douglas Leonard, Andrew Snyder, Kim Adam, Megan (Jascha Vissman) Rogers, Loren Buck and Mike Rogers; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence (June) Leonard of Columbus; sisters, Thelma McQuiniff and Ethel (Johnny) Mathias of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Leonard; and sister, Viola Scarberry.

Cy would appreciate Memorials in lieu of flowers: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Cincinnati Burn Unit, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095 or Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark 43055. Condolences can be made online at brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.com.

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