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Richard W. Leaf Veteran

Birth
Galva, Henry County, Illinois, USA
Death
24 Mar 2008 (aged 85)
Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, USA
Burial
Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
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Kewanee, IL - Richard W. Leaf, 85, of Kewanee passed away at 3:07 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2008, at his residence.

Richard was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Galva, the son of William E. and Mabel (Olson) Leaf. He married Marian I. Ratliff on Nov. 11, 1945, in Galva.

She survives as well as two daughters, Ann (Jim) Herriot and Jean (Jerry) Grebner, and one son, William (Janelle) Leaf, all of Kewanee; five grandchildren, Emily (Herriot) DeBord, Karyn (Herriot) Carton, Monica Dockery, Matt Jenkins and Richard "Rick" Leaf; and seven great-grandchildren, Lilly, Josie and Parker DeBord, McKenzie and Katlyn Carton and Morgan and Kyle Dockery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard graduated from Galva High School with the class of 1940.

He enlisted in the Air Force in October 1942, where he was a waist gunner on a B-24 Bomber in the 449 Bomb Group which flew out of Italy. On Feb. 22, 1944, he was shot down over the Alps Mountains and spent the next 14 months in German P.O.W. camps. He was liberated on April 29, 1945, at Mooseburg, Germany. That was the happiest day of his life. He received the P.O.W. medal and two air medals.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, VFW, American Legion and the American Ex-Prisoners of War.

He had been an original partner in Ratliff Bros. & Co. for over 55 years. He belonged to the Operating Engineers Local 649 out of Peoria for 55 years.

He enjoyed softball, golf (three holes in one), horseshoe pitching and traveling. He also enjoyed drag racing, Indy cars and NASCAR racing. He saw two races at Daytona Beach (1955 and 1958).

Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.

March 26, 2008 | Peoria Journal Star, The (IL)
Kewanee, IL - Richard W. Leaf, 85, of Kewanee passed away at 3:07 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2008, at his residence.

Richard was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Galva, the son of William E. and Mabel (Olson) Leaf. He married Marian I. Ratliff on Nov. 11, 1945, in Galva.

She survives as well as two daughters, Ann (Jim) Herriot and Jean (Jerry) Grebner, and one son, William (Janelle) Leaf, all of Kewanee; five grandchildren, Emily (Herriot) DeBord, Karyn (Herriot) Carton, Monica Dockery, Matt Jenkins and Richard "Rick" Leaf; and seven great-grandchildren, Lilly, Josie and Parker DeBord, McKenzie and Katlyn Carton and Morgan and Kyle Dockery.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Richard graduated from Galva High School with the class of 1940.

He enlisted in the Air Force in October 1942, where he was a waist gunner on a B-24 Bomber in the 449 Bomb Group which flew out of Italy. On Feb. 22, 1944, he was shot down over the Alps Mountains and spent the next 14 months in German P.O.W. camps. He was liberated on April 29, 1945, at Mooseburg, Germany. That was the happiest day of his life. He received the P.O.W. medal and two air medals.

He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, VFW, American Legion and the American Ex-Prisoners of War.

He had been an original partner in Ratliff Bros. & Co. for over 55 years. He belonged to the Operating Engineers Local 649 out of Peoria for 55 years.

He enjoyed softball, golf (three holes in one), horseshoe pitching and traveling. He also enjoyed drag racing, Indy cars and NASCAR racing. He saw two races at Daytona Beach (1955 and 1958).

Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.

March 26, 2008 | Peoria Journal Star, The (IL)


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