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Kermit Leonaard

Kermit Leonaard
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Kermit M. Leonard, was born May 24, 1923 in Brookside, WI to the late H. Matthew and Susie (Johnston) Leonard. He attended school at Brookside and later moved to Pensaukee and worked as commercial fisherman and truck driver for Leigh Beaucock and Arthur Swaer. He also worked at Schreiber Cheese in Green Bay before entering the U. S. Army. He received his basic training at Camp Butner, North Carolina and was assigned to the 602nd Camouflage Engineering Battalion. Later he was shipped to England and then took part in the invasion of France and Germany. Kermit was in the group which was surrounded by German Soldiers, know as the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in 1945 and returned to Pensaukee where he again worked for Art Swaer. He married Rita Beaucock November 23, 1946. In 1963 he became a driver for Schneider Transport and worked there until his retirement in 1983. After retirement Kerm spent many good days perch fishing at Pensaukee and hunting at his cabin in Pembine. Kermit was a member of the American Legion , Oconto and the Concerned Hearts in Green Bay. In 1972 he was the first heart bypass patient at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay. He belonged to the Retirement Group of the Teamsters Local 75. He is survived by wife Rita; a son Robert (Jill) Leonard, Sturgeon Bay; a daughter Barbara Leonard, Pensaukee; a granddaughter Sarah Leonard, DePere; and a sister in-law Lois Leonard, Escanaba, MI; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers Lyle, Merrill and Myles; father and mother in-law Leigh and Winifred Beaucock; brother in-law Kenneth Beaucock; and a special hunting and fishing friend Albert Hansen. Friends may call at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto from 9:30 A. M. until 11:30 A. M. Monday, April 11th. Funeral service will be 11:30 A. M. Monday, April 11, 2005, at the funeral home with Rev. Thomas Beck officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Jones Modrow Young Post of the American Legion. Burial will be at Brookside Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Concerned Hearts, Green Bay; American Heart Association, the Oconto Humane Society, or the memorial of choice. The family extends a special thank you to Mary Lynn Loomis of Bellin Home Health, Heartland Hospice and Dr. John Honish.

Visitation:
2:00 PM to 2:00 PM at on April 13, 2005 (map/driving directions) 2:00 PM to 2:00 PM at on April 13, 2005 (map/driving directions)

Service:
2:00 PM at on April 13, 2005 (map/driving directions)

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