Leon D. Granby

Born: Sat., Jun. 9, 1917
Died: Sun., Feb. 19, 2012

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Leon D. Granby of Olney, Illinois and formerly of Newton, Illinois passed away Sunday February 19, 2012 at Richland Care and Rehab. Mr. Granby was born June 9, 1917 in Oblong, Crawford County, Illinois to Cleo P. Granby and Oma (Randolph) Granby. He was a graduate of Oblong Township High School ~ Class of 1936. Leon was a World War II veteran having served in the African and Italy Campaign. He received numerous medals including one silver battle star. He retired from Union Oil Company in 1982 as a field operator with 37 years of service. He married June (Melton) on October 21, 1945. He is survived by one son, Ron (Debbie) Granby of Newton, IL, 5 daughters, Yvonna (Jeril) Clark of Vincennes, IN, Linda (Jim) Fry of Flora, IL, Connie (Bill) Hartleroad of Columbus, MS, Debbie (Alden) Blake of Yale, IL and Sherry (Ken) Duncan of Calhoun, IL. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 11 step great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Granby is preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, Carl, Don and Lawrence and a sister Mary Katherine Granby. He was a member of the Newton Masonic Lodge #216 AF & AM, having served as Master twice, Newton American Legion Post #20, Olney VFW, and the Grace United Methodist Church of Newton. He was an avid viewer of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy as well as a St. Louis Cardinal fan. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden.

The funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at the Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, Illinois with visitation one hour prior to the service. Masonic rites will be conducted by the Newton Lodge. Burial will be at Wilkin Cemetery in rural Oblong with full military rites conducted by the Oblong American Legion Post #219.

Condolences to the family can be sent to www.oblongfuneralhome.com. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a contribution to the Illinois Oilfield Museum in Oblong, Illinois with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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