Joseph F. “Joe” Leonard
December 24, 1924 ~ December 14, 2013
Joseph F. “Joe” Leonard, our loving father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend to many, passed peacefully away on Saturday, December 14, 2013, at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, WA. Joe was born on December 24, 1924, in Bellingham, WA to Francis and Jean Leonard. He attended Assumption High School in Bellingham, WA and graduated in 1943. Two weeks after turning 18, Joe was drafted into the Army, serving in the South Pacific. When Joe returned from World War II, he entered electrical trade school in Spokane, WA. After graduation, he earned his Radio License and was hired by Pacific Northwest Bell and worked in Ephrata, WA and Wenatchee, WA. A few years later, he relocated to Yakima, WA, where he worked for AT&T. He retired in 1988, after 42 years in the telecommunications industry. Joe married Mary Ann “Molly” Henderson on July 24, 1954. Together they raised four sons, who all followed their parent’s desire and graduated from a four year university. Joe was a tinkerer and a man of service. He was known as the “fix-it” guy, whether it was the family car, household appliance, or rosaries at the Catholic Church. When his sons were in Boy Scouts, he was active right along with them. For many years, he volunteered at the Food Bank, delivering food with a smile. Every family dog loved Joe. Joe moved to Wenatchee in 2010. He was a resident at RiverWest Retirement Community, where he truly felt part of the RiverWest family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Molly; and his twin siblings, Thomas Leonard and Catherine Bliven. Joe is survived by his four sons, David (Susan), Thomas (Joanne), James (Kristi), and Douglas (Sherry); and 11 grandchildren, Joseph, Alisha, Andrew, Kaitlin, Christopher, Graycen, Kendall, Macklin, Beckett, Phillip and Evan.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul Cathedral Catholic Church in Yakima on Friday, December 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow. Langevin-Mussetter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.