Fairfield, Nebraska, resident Leonard Leslie Willard, 74, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The family will be conducting a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 25, at the Sutton Community Church in Sutton, Nebraska, with Rev. Bill Richards officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Clay Center Cemetery. In honoring his wish to be cremated there will be no services, visitation or viewing.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later.

Condolences may be left at www.mclaughlinchapel.com.

Leonard was born February 10, 1945, in Lexington, Missouri, to Mitchell and Nelly (Hughes) Willard. He was the youngest of seven siblings. Leonard and his siblings and extended family spent their childhood playing in the woods of his hometown, where he developed a love for the Old West and a lifelong passion for horses. As a young adult, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War as an aircraft mechanic. Later he returned to the states and enlisted in the Army National Guard. He served his country throughout most of the ‘70s. He later went on to get an education in engineering. He worked for several years for Greys Communications and 10/11 news channel. He will be missed by many as he was a kind man with an incredible sense of humor; he never failed to lend a hand or be there for the people that needed him.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Willard; his four children, David, Sean, Alicia, and Blair; and by his ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and five of his siblings.

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