Passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013; He was 84. Born November 23, 1929 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Duncan and Helen Case, Leonard was preceded in death by his mother and father, his only sibling, Elizabeth Ann, and his wife of 63 years, Barbara. He is survived by his three sons: Michael, Kenneth, and Clifford; daughter, Patty Vermillion; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Leonard served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952. He was stationed at Mare Island Naval Base in Vallejo, California, at the time of his discharge from the Navy. He and Barbara chose to remain in Vallejo and raise their family. He went to work for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, which later became Pacific Bell Telephone. In the late 1970’s he transferred to U.S. West here in Roseburg.
They moved to their home on the North Umpqua River in 1979, where they enjoyed hosting their children and friends for family gatherings. After taking an early retirement, Leonard was afforded opportunities to work temporary assignments as an inspector on fiber-optics projects around the Western United States. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and the assignments he accepted usually just happened to land him near some of the country’s best fly-fishing streams, and included a nearly two-year stint in Alaska, which he loved.
He will be lovingly remembered for his sense of humor and mischievous smirk.
He attended Redeemer’s Fellowship, where a Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2013.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6”