Michael William Leonard, 78, of Glendale, AZ entered into eternal rest May 12, 2018 at his home in Glendale, AZ.
Mike was born on July 26, 1939 in Council Bluffs, IA to Lloyd and Wilhelmina (Bauer) Leonard. Mike was raised in Corning, IA. 0n November 16, 1963 he and the love of his life, Paulette Riddle Leonard were united in marriage. They lived and raised their three sons in Council Bluffs, IA. This past November they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.
Mike will be remembered by his family and friends for his great stories. As a young man he had a great love for raising and showing horses, he was an avid hunter and fisherman a love that he passed down to his sons and grandsons. Nothing made him happier than being surrounded by his family, grilling out and preparing meals for them where he directed, instructed and passed down his culinary wisdom.
Mike was a US Army veteran. He retired from Republic Claim Service where he started work in 1974. An Arizona resident since 1988, he was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd & Wilhelmina (Bauer) Leonard, daughter Lisa Leann Leonard and brother Robert Leonard. He is survived by his wife Paulette Leonard of Glendale; sons Mark Leonard (Jodi) of Peoria, AZ, Matt Leonard (Ann) of Ava, MO and Bill Leonard of Houston, TX, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law Leah Leonard.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 5614 W. Orangewood Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301, reception to follow at the Menke Funeral & Cremation Center-Sun City Room (behind funeral home), 12420 N. 103rd Ave., Sun City AZ.Print Obituary & Condolences