Leon married on July 20, 1945, to Helen O. Winterhalder, of Flint, Mich., still residing at home. The couple have four children: Harold Lee (Pamela Elizabeth Shilling) from Ipswich, England, living in Deering, Mo., Dennis DeWayne (Judy Gage) of Kennett, Carolyn Lee Jo-Vel Edleston (Robert) of Steele, Mo., and (Pete) Tonda Marie (Keith Martin) of Rives, Mo.
He was preceded in death by both parents; one son, Dennis, his wife, Judy; one grandchild, Denice; two sisters, Helen and Slyvia Lee (Lawson) Songer and three brothers, Levie, LeRoy, triplets and William.
He leaves 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and lots of friends, five step-brothers and two step-sisters.
Leon lived in this area most of his life. He attended school in Holcomb, Mo., and at South Ward. Worked as a boy on Uncle John Vernon Greenway's farm, later cleaned up and ran errands around Blakemore Grocery on the Kennett square. Then he joined the CCC doing work on roads and ditches between Kennett and Hayti, Mo. He earned a license to operate a bull dozer and a caterpillar, giving most of his money to his mother. Not eligible for service because of medical reasons.
Moved to Flint, Mich., went to work at AC Spark Plug Factory. Also worked as cab driver, delivered ice and coal to homes. Worked at Mannard and Dunnes in Hammond, Ind. Went back to Flint and friend introduced him to his wife. They married, residing in Kennett. He drove a truck for Pat Patterson and Johnie Smoak. A friend Bumper Harmon worked with him building and cleaning lawns and pools. Did maintenance work, also shirt factory rolling material room in Kennett. Had one son Harold here.
Moved to Flint, worked as mechanic with second job of building lawns, hauling gravel, sand and pea rock. Never was without something to do. Had another son, Dennis, born in the same house as his mother and great-grandmother Winterhalder was born. Back to work at factory and bought house to be finished, doing this ourselves. Had two daughters, Carolyn Lee Vo-Jel, later Tonda Marie, moved back to Kennett. Bought another lot and built a house on it. Also had fruit market, hauling produce to area stores, worked for Orvell Middleton and D.W. Wilson on farm for years.
Later opened his own salvage yard off Ely Road in Kennett, where he retired.
Children: Son, Harold Lee and Pamela McDaniel and their three children: Daughter Emma Jane and husband, Matt Fox, their children Hunter and Kalob; Son, Shawn and wife, DeAndrea and their children; Sons, Tanner and Grant and daughter, Nora, son, Andrew McDaniel. Son: Dennis DeWayne McDaniel-deceased: His children; one daughter, Denise McDaniel-deceased, son, J. McDaniel and son, Carl DeWayne and wife, Christy and his son, Christian Lane McDaniel. Daughter: Carolyn Lee Jo-Vel Edleston and her six children; daughter, Tammy Diane Day and her son, Matthew; son, George David Cumpton and fiancÚ, Tracey; daughter-Ashlie; sons, Scott Cumpton and Conner Dixon; twins, Rhonda Marie and Tonda Lee; daughter, Rhonda Estabrook; daughters, Mariah, Hannah, Sarah and Breianna; sons, Tylor and Connor; daughter, Tonda and husband, Joe Stapels; daughters, Ashley and Amber; sons, Joey and Jeremy; son, Robert John Edleston II; daughter, Gabrielle Edleston: Daughter, Tonda "Pete" husband, Keith Martin; two children; daughter Debra and husband, Nathan Lanier, daughter, Courtney Mansfield; son, Nicholas Leon Lanier; daughter, Diana Martin and husband, Jesse Tune; son, William Keith Tune.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the McDaniel Funeral Home in Kennett.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel with Rosco Gray officiating.
Burial will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kennett.
Pallbearers are Ricky, Timmy, Mark, Dewayne, Lee, David and Mike Trainer.
The family will meet at the Eagles Lodge in Kennett. Family and friends can drop off food before services.