Leonard “Lenny” Willan, 78, Lafayette, passed away on May 9, 2010 at 9:27 a.m. surrounded by his loving family in Lafayette where he resided for the past six years. He had been in failing health for the past year. He was born September 3, 1931 in Seelyville, Indiana, the son of William C. and Margaret E. (Blubaugh) Willan. On April 4, 1987, he married Constance “Connie” L. (Hay) Marion in Terre Haute, Indiana. He proudly served his county by enlisting in the U.S. Army in Terre Haute on September 3, 1948. He served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and had been stationed in Germany, Japan, France, England, Australia, and the Philippines. On December 31, 1969, he retired as Master Sergeant E8 at Ft. Myers, Virginia. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action during the Korean War. Lenny also earned the Bronze Star for Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army of Occupational Medal Japan, Combat Infantryman Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Metal, Expert Marksman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and National Defense Service Medal. He was a member of the American Military Retires Association, Inc., The Retired Enlisted Association, Disabled American Veterans (lifetime member), founding sponsor of the National Museum for the United States Army,Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (lifetime member), Post 972, and the American Legion, Post 492 (lifetime member). Lenny was also a proud member of the Ft. Knox F&AM Lodge 919, Radcliff, Kentucky, the Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine, Kermon Grotto, Elks 1402, McAllen, Texas, and the Eagles. After retirement, he was employed as a teamster with Yellow Freight, Roadway, and Little Rider for 14 years. He was an avid golfer and bowler with the “700” Bowling Clubs of America. He loved wintering in Texas and spending time with his family that will miss him immensely.
Visitation and Services
A private memorial service with military rites will be held at a later date.
Surviving with his loving wife are three sons, Lenny Willan, Larry Willan, and Steven Marion; three daughters, Jacqueline Green, Tonya Marion, and Tami (Dennis) Pelling; three grandsons, Joseph Bartemus, Jeremy Marion, and Thomas Pelling; nine granddaughters, Jayme Willan, Tami Bartemus, Julie Wuethrich, Victoria Judy, Jonie Reed, Stephanie Judy, Christina Bartemus, Kelsey Pelling, and Taylor Marion; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Rosemary (Bob) Davidson; nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, William and Charles Willan,
and one sister, Audrey “Dotty” Nieft.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
RIP Uncle Leonard…..
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