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Ray H.J. Leonard

Ray H.J. Leonard

'Papa Ray'

PRICE - Our loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, Ray H.J. Leonard, passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, from complications following surgery.

Ray was born on March 17, 1926 to Eunice Allred and Irving Leonard in Price. He grew up with six sisters who adored and pampered him.

He attended schools in Carbon County.

He enlisted in the Army during World War II at the age of 17.

He was always proud to have served his country.

Ray married Nadine Collier; together, they had four children, Lana, Pat, Teri and Jim. Later divorced. He married Donna Bolotas. Together, they had one child, Vicki. Later divorced. Ray always had a special place for Donna's children. He loved Donna's children as his own.

Ray worked in the coal mines at Wattis and Hiawatha. He also worked for the Utah State Road Department. He was a member of UMWA and the American Legion.

He is survived by his children, Lana (Kenn) Kofford, Pat (Charlotte) Leonard, Teri (Tom) McElprang, Jim (Debbi) Shenk and Vicki Spear; stepchildren, Christine (Terry) Shaw, George Anne Cardwell, Stephanie (Dave) Karcich, Alexis (Randy) Gruniger, Debbie (Allen) Staker, Arty (Terri) Bolotas and their families; 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; sisters, Melba Shaw, June Bell, Jean (Myron) Dodge, Monty Basso, and Bonnie (Ron) Murray; and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, one sister and four brothers-in-law.

He will be missed.

A special thanks to his friends and associates at the Price senior citizens center.

Funeral services were Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Price 3rd LDS Ward Chapel. Viewing was Friday, February 27, at Fausett Mortuary in Price and Saturday one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment was in the Price City Cemetery.

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