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“My husband Keith and I just learned about Johns passing. We met John last spring 2014, we did some work for his parents. We got the pleasure of...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Shari Durand - Dallas City, IL

“He was never stressed and always happy and cheerful and fun to be around. ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Rick Franklin - Highlands Ranch, CO

“Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Cindy Hughes - Lake Delton, WI

“Every time I hear "The Cars" I think of John and remember of the fun we had. He was a great person and I am saddened to hear of his passing. ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: Angie Anderson Fowler - Batavia, IL

“Very sad to hear of this and my deepest sympathies to the entire family. John was a very happy person and I will never forget him. I will never...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: JoAnn Short (Farris) - Burlington, IA

“John was a lot of things along with his nice sense of humor. He was a very hard working man, certainly most dedicated to his family and loved his...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Fred Howe - Niota, IL

“John was such a funny, nice guy. He will be missed. ”
7 of 22 | Posted by: Laura Knisley - Soldotna, AK

“I was older than John and my memories are of him as a tough and adorable little boy with thick white-blonde hair! What a life he lived, amazing, and...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy Owings Knowles - Mackinaw, IL

“prayers to your family at this time of loss of your loved one and family member ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Brian G Whitten - Dayton, OH

“I am thinking of you all at this sad time ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Gerri Davis - Fort Madison, IA

“So sorry for your loss. Did not know John as an adult, but will always remember him as the kid at Hiram's picnic that could eat Jello with his...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Merry Leach (Morgan) - Niota, IL

“I am so sorry for the loss of John. My sincerest sympathy to all of his family. ”
12 of 22 | Posted by: Sharon Henson Spory - Wayland, MO

“Steve and I were very surprised and truly saddened to hear that John had passed away. We are several years older than John was, but we both remember...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Stephen, Stephanie, and Lindsey Bross - VA

“LuAnne and Ron I am lifting you up in Prayer today, at the loss of your dear son. Even tho I didn't know him, I remember hearing about his...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Anna Beasley - Smithville, TX

“I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you in the days and weeks ahead. ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Tessa (Creacy) Shutwell - IL

“I'm soo sorry Susan & family. I'm thinking about you all. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Teresa Brewer-Weinberg - IL

“Chris and John Shiels of Keokuk Iowa are so sorry to hear of this great loss our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: John and Chris shields - Keokuk

“Our sincere sympathy to all of the Leonard family. John fought a good fight and now he is at rest. Bless you all at this sad time. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Bill and Elizabeth Hull - FL

“Too many memories of John to list. The two fondest memories I have are 1) riding to the Illinois State basketball tourney in 1977, I believe, in his...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Brian Wilcox - Wichita, KS

“I'm so very sorry to hear about John! He was so full of life and laughter. Memories I have of John are from high school. There wasn't a prank or...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Jeanne Bolton Cutler - Honeyville, UT

“We will miss his smile and infectious laugh:) Thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Abby Mack ”
21 of 22 | Posted by: Abby

“I was so sorry to hear of John's passing. Your entire family is in my prayers. ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Maxine Dennison - Nauvoo, IL


John Roland Leonard, 55, of rural Niota, Illinois, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Born January 10, 1960 in Fort Madison, Iowa, the son of Ronald H. and Lou Ann (Newton) Leonard. On December 17, 1982 he married Susan R. Bendixen in Niota, Illinois.

Survivors include his wife Susan of rural Niota, four children Robin Rae Gould (Jose) Medina of Anchorage, Alaska, Clarence Dale Gould, Jr. of Cold Bay, Alaska, Joshua Hiram (Carie) Leonard of Nauvoo, Illinois and Jamie Lee Leonard of Niota, Illinois, seven grandchildren Thrasher John Medina, Tito Jager Rocky Medina, Jonathan Robert Myers, Kyler Bradin Leonard, Brock Edward Myers, Jordan Chance Leonard and Brooklyn Mariah Leonard, his parents Ron and Lou Ann Leonard of Niota, Illinois, one brother Dr. Ronald K. (Janet) Leonard of Roseville, Illinois, one sister Nancy (Kevin) Schmitz of Nauvoo, Illinois, one uncle Larry Leonard and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, one uncle Roland Leonard and one aunt Elaine Speck.

John was a 1978 graduate of Nauvoo Colusa High School. He was a member of the Appanoose Faith Presbyterian Church in rural Niota. He and his father farmed near Niota. He did commercial salmon fishing in Alaska for seventeen years and had also worked for Roquette America. He enjoyed being a dad, spending time with his grandchildren, farming, basketball, deer hunting, music and his dog Bruiser.

Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Appanoose Faith Presbyterian Church in rural Niota where the family will meet with friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. that evening.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Appanoose Faith Presbyterian Church with Pastor David Poland officiating.

Burial will be at Myers Cemetery in rural Niota.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneral home.com The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Homes are assisting the family with arrangements.