Leonard Lawson, 91, of Holt, Mo., went home to be with His Lord and Savior, March 26, 2019.
Leonard was born on May 22, 1927 to Harrison and Viola Lawson. Leonard attended 8 grades of school before joining the U.S. Army.
He served in the Army for 7 years, getting in on the end of W.W. II and then the Korean War later, where he served as Military Police. According to Leonard his claim to fame was driving General Douglas MacArthur wherever he wanted to go. Also, while serving he was asked by the military to restart the Boy Scout program in Germany, which Hitler had shut down previously and this was to be part of his “duty to his country”.
After the service he did some odd jobs before landing a job at Corn Products, International in North Kansas City, Mo. He worked at Corn for 35 years before retiring.
His passion was B.S. Troop 397 for Kearney, Mo., where he served as Scout Master for several years. He also enjoyed gardening and his four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He is proceeded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marianne; his grandson, Bobby Lawson; his parents; and his two brothers, Kenneth and Lawrence.
Leonard is survived by his sister, Helen Ruckdeschel of Lexington, Mo.; son, Jerry Lawson of Kearney, Mo., and his wife, Barb; daughter, Janet Mayo of Kearney, Mo.; grandchildren, Carrie Mayo of Kansas City, Mo., Andy Mayo of Kearney, Mo., Crystal Bomar of Kearney, Mo.; great grandchildren, Sindri Mohr of Omaha, Neb., Madison and Lilly Goss of Gladstone, Mo., Autumn Mayo of Platte City, Mo., Kylee and Kalan Bomar of Kearney, Mo.; and nephew, Jimmy Rucksdeschel of Greenwood, Mo.
He and his wife attended 1st Baptist Church of Kearney, Tryst Falls Baptist of Kearney and Kearney Bible Church.
Visitation will be at 10 March 30, 2019 at Kearney Bible Church with the service following at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the “Campership Fund” of the Northland District to go for those campers who need monetary help with going to Summer B.S. camp at Osceola.
Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney, Mo.
Our Sincere Condolences
I worked with Leonard in the Kearney R-1 School District. He was a custodian and I was a secretary. Leonard was so helpful with the children in teaching them the proper respect of the United States Flag. He had different students help him raise and lower the flag each day and taught them how to fold it properly. I hope they remember that the rest of their lives. It was a special time for both Leonard and the students. I know you will miss him. I truly enjoyed working with him.