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Daniel Ray Leonard

March 30, 1951 ~ October 8, 2019 (age 68)


Daniel Ray Leonard, 68, of Blue Grass, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Buffalo, Iowa.

Daniel was born March 30, 1951 in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Howard & Beverly (Teel) Leonard. He had served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the war in Vietnam.

On September 28, 2007, Daniel was united in marriage to Neide M. Soares in Belton, Texas. He was retired out of the Department of Defense at the Rock Island Arsenal. He enjoyed doing yard work, brewing his own beer, riding his motorcycle, joking around and furthering his interests in music as he enjoyed playing guitar and most music, especially old country classics. Most of all, he loved to teach those who were less experienced in his work field.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Neide; his daughter, Rachel Gray of Texas; his sons, Patrick Leonard of Washington and Daniel Leonard of Kentucky; his step-son, Luiz (Kimberly) Souza of Florida; his step-daughters, Viviane Pesotine of Pennsylvania and Vanessa (Gustavo) Melo of Florida; his grandchildren, Tyler, Aayla, Bruna, Julia, Lucca, Ryan, Tiago, Bella and Maya; his brother, Robert Mapel of Muscatine; his sisters, Melody (Mike) Walker of Buffalo and Melissa Mapel of Buffalo; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Sally Rodriguez and Linda & Douglas Davis who were like family to Daniel & Neide.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Celebration of Life
October 19, 2019

12:00 PM
Saint Peter Catholic Church (Buffalo, Iowa)

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