VeteranLeon Stambaugh

Leon StambaughLeon D. Stambaugh, 80, of Browning died at 12:51 p.m. Dec. 2, 2013, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Nov. 28, 1933, in Browning, the son of Kenneth and Mary E. Trone Stambaugh. He married Lois Walton on May 30, 1953, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Stanley (and Linda) Stambaugh of Browning and Kevin (and Linda) Stambaugh of Rushville; one daughter, Cathy (and Stanley) Butler of Peoria; seven grandchildren, Shannon (and Scott) Adkins and Travis (and Lucia) Stambaugh, both of Astoria, Chad (and Melissa) Stambaugh of Eagan, Minn., Dustin (and Sarah) Stambaugh of Camden, Brian Butler of Chicago, Christopher Butler of Peoria, Clayton (and Brittany) Stambaugh of Manito; two stepgrandchildren, Erica (and Ivan Reneau) Kleinlein of Browning and Heath (and Heily Windsor) VanDeVenter of Astoria; eight great-grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Evelyn Trone.

He was a farmer. He also worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria, Mummert Seed Company in Astoria, the U.S. Postal Service and retired from Peabody Coal Company in 1989.

He was a member of Browning Church of Christ, United Mine Workers of America, former Schuyler County Board Member, former Browning Township Board Member and Astoria American Legion Post #25 member.

He was a wonderful husband, a kind father, a proud grandfather and great-grandfather, and a fiercely loyal friend. He had the gift to make anyone feel special and loved, with an easy-laugh and a compassionate word. A talented story-teller who loved the company of those around him. He was a friend to many and family to everyone.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-56 in the 806 Engineer’s Aviation Battalion as a heavy equipment operator with a rank of PFC (T).

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Gary Sheets and Brother John Ruppel officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Memorial Home. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery with full military rites provided by Astoria American Legion Post #25.

Memorials may be made to Browning Church of Christ or Astoria Rescue Squad.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/4/2013

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