Woodward County Obituaries

Leo B. Kenneaster
18 Jul 1920 - 28 Jan 2008
Woodward News
02 Feb 2003
Page 3

Leo B. Kenneaster,87, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 28, 2008. Leo, of Toledo, IL, passed away at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 4 :00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Toledo United Methodist Church, 213 Madison St., Toledo. The family will greet friends for an hour preceding the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Toledo United Methodist Church. Inurnment will be in Toledo Cemetery. Barkley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Leo was born on July 18, 1920, in Trail, Okla. to George Vernon and Sadie Bailey Kenneaster. Leo grew up in Woodward, Okla., where he met and married his sweetie pie, Louise Leach, on March 4, 1939. They were married for almost 65 years until her death on Jan. 24, 2004. They loved traveling and were always “on the go,” ready for adventures, long and short. They spent most of their retirement winters in Sebring, FL.

Leo and Louise moved to Jewett, IL, in 1949, where he farmed, then to Toledo where they owned and operated the L & L Market for 28 years. He also served four terms as Cumberland County Circuit Clerk. He was an active member and past president of the Toledo Kiwanis Club, a 50-year 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner, and a 50-year member of the American Legion. Before coming to Illinois, Leo served as a US Navy Seabee stationed on Midway Island during World War II. Leo was always a “busy guy.” Leo learned the game of golf as a child while working as a caddy. Golf was a life-long passion through fall 2007. Over the years, he played with many friends, as well as his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and was still the best at being able to follow the ball. Leo was also a bowler and a fisherman, spending years of vacations fishing with children and grandchildren in Minnesota, Tennessee, Illinois, and Florida. He was baptized on Oct. 27, 1996, and attended Toledo United Methodist Church. He loved music and was a great whistler! He never tired of listening to his family and other groups play music and sing and often sang along.

Leo took enormous pride in his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren and loved nothing more than being surrounded by them. He always wanted lots of people around, and especially enjoyed the little ones. Leo and Louise were blessed with eight children: Don, wife Donna, West Frankfort; Jayne, husband Bill Ozier and Carolyn Woolever, Charleston; Pat, wife Pam, Sharon, OK; Kim, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Kristi, husband Dennis Yocum, Toledo; Kelly, husband Jeff Geisler, Mt. Zion; and Kerry Anne, husband Brad Hatfill, Lewistown. He was “Granddad Leo” to 18 grandchildren: Stacia and Kurt Ozier; Darci Mandrell and Dr. Derek Kenneaster; Dr. Jon, Rev. Jason B., Justus, and Susan Woolever; Kaleb Kenneaster; Nathan Yocum, Dana Ruholl, Brittany Holsapple, and Nick Yocum; Dalton and Grant Geisler; and Clayton, Quinton, and Bailey Louise Hatfill; also 11 great grandchildren: Alexander Maples; Sam Dirnbeck and Jonathan Mandrell; Sammy and Lucy Woolever; Landry, Marlie, and Allie Woolever; Chris and B.J. Ruholl; and Hutson Holsapple. He was preceded in death by Louise, his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and son-in-law Larry Woolever

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