The funeral for Jack Byron Leonard will be held at St John's Catholic Church in Dunsmuir, on Thursday April 6th at 11 a.m.
Jack Byron Leonard passed away peacefully on March 30, 2017, in Medford, Oregon.
Jack was born to Byron and Eva Leonard on June 12, 1926, in Sacramento, CA. When World War II broke out in 1941 Jack was eager to serve and in 1942 at the age of 16 joined the Merchant Marines. He served under the Navy until the War ended in 1945.
After the War, Jack went to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a truck driver. In 1953 he was transferred to Dunsmuir, CA as a purchasing agent. It was in Dunsmuir that he met his wife, Enes Brun. They were married May 7, 1955. In 1957 Jack was transferred to Roseville. In the late 60’s the Railroad encouraged Jack to complete his high school degree for a promotion. He was very proud to earn that high school diploma in 1968. When he received the diploma he was promoted to purchasing manager. In the late 70’s he was transferred to Glendale, CA. Living in Los Angeles was a bit much with traffic and all of those “people”. Jack retired in 1982. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for over 35 years.
Jack enjoyed cooking and became the “head chef” in the Leonard household until Enes retired in 1987.
Jack and Enes moved back to Dunsmuir, the place they met, and moved into Enes’ childhood home to take care of Enes’ mother, Maria.
In Dunsmuir Jack joined the Lions Club. He worked on many projects and was the Club President.
Enes and Jack loved camping and traveling. They started out with a “cabover” camper for his old truck and finally got the big 5th wheel. They traveled all over the Northwest with their niece and nephew. They owned a campsite in Tahoe Timber Trails outside of Truckee, CA. They enjoyed weekends with Jack’s brother, Eric. When they retired they became Snowbirds traveling to the southwest deserts to get away from the Dunsmuir winters.
Jack loved the outdoors. He would hunt and fish with friends and family. Deer hunting and pheasant hunting were his favorites. Another hobby was carpentry. He would help his friends with remodeling their houses and even helped a friend build a vacation house on Fallen Leaf Lake.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Enes; parents Byron and Eva Leonard, and three children Barbara West, Cheryl Gilmore, and Michael Leonard.
Jack is survived by his brother Eric Leonard (Joanne), sister Betty Bentzen; grandson John Chase; sister-in-law Selvina Nealon Paletta; niece Sharon Nealon Ross (Stu); nephew Bill Nealon (Denise) and children Drew and Kaylee Nealon.
The funeral will be held at St John’s Catholic Church in Dunsmuir, on Thursday April 6th at 11 am.
In Lieu of flowers please send donations to Redding Rescue Mission, 2842 S. Market Street, Redding, CA. 96001.