2012-08-11 / Obituaries

Russell Eugene Leckrone

Russell Eugene Leckrone, 88, of Thornville, passed away on August 6, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Russell was born April 28, 1924, in Glenford, the son of the late Ralph and Gladys (Westall) Leckrone.

He graduated from Somerset High School in 1942 and entered the service in June 1943, where he was a sawmill operator, cutting timber for bridges on the Burma Road during World War II. He completed his tour of duty in January 1946. Following his discharge, he married Carol (Padgett) Leckrone, his devoted wife of 65 years. He worked for Central Silica, the B & O Railroad, Kaiser, Rockwell, and Newark Air Force Base where he retired in October 1986. He enjoyed tinkering with his steel guitar, listening to country music, and traveling to historic sites. His most recent trip was in April 2012, where he was recognized for his military service, as were many others, at Honor Flight ceremonies in Washington D.C. He was a member of the Somerset American Legion Leo Ryan Post 58 for 60 years.

Russell is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughters, Kathy (Philip) Cooper, Shirley (Robert) Packer, Patricia (Jon) Ridenour and Diane (William) Turnes; his son, Russell (Ellen) Leckrone, Jr.; a brother, Kenneth Leckrone and friend, Wanda Mottern; grandchildren, Heather Cooper and friend, Von Thomas, Gretchen (Gavin) Waggoner, Anjanette (Jason) Pitcock, Ryan (Mandi) Packer, Kendall (K.C.) Clovis, Molly (Doug) White, Michael Turnes, Jennifer Turnes, Brad (Erin) Turnes, Nicole (Josh) Wilson, Cory (Ashton) Leckrone, and Grant Szymczak; great-grandchildren, DaVon and Hayven Thomas, Greer and Grayson Waggoner, Ella and Julia Pitcock, Reid and Camdyn Packer, Kyen Clovis, Caleb and Colin White, Brady, Blake, Tyler and Megan Turnes; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Douglas (1960); and a great grandson, Griffin Waggoner (2009).

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2012 at the Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset, with Dr. William L. Snider officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery with military honors being provided by the Somerset American Legion Leo Ryan Post 58.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Somerset American Legion Leo Ryan Post 58 or to FairHope Hospice, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

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