Leonard G. Miller, 86, Neosho, died Aug. 24, 2014, in Joplin, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Aug. 12, 2014.
Leonard was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Los Angeles, Calif., and moved to Missouri in 1966 from California. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean Conflict. Leonard worked as a machinist for Vickers and then worked as a caretaker for Neosho IOOF Cemetery, retiring one year ago. He was a member of the American Legion, former member of the VFW and attended the Neosho Senior Center where he loved to go and participate in the dances and other activities and had been active in the Neosho Boxing Club for many years. He was a member of the Clear Creek Primitive Baptist Church.
Leonard married Wilma D. McCool on Jan. 31, 1975, at Neosho and she preceded him in death on July 20, 2007.
He is survived by two daughters, Tina Buzzard and husband, Kyle, and Vivian Johnson; a stepdaughter, Lindy O’Brien and husband, Patrick; a stepson, Mark McCool and wife, Julie; a step-grandson, Chad Hamilton, who he considered a son; three brothers, Eddie Miller and wife, Averil, Victor Miller and wife, Etta and Ervin Miller; one sister, Nancy Warren and husband, Larry; three grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and numerous step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by a son, Gary Miller, and stepson, Mike McCool.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Terry Roach will officiate. Interment and military honors will follow in the Neosho IOOF Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Brad Tracy, Nick Ruehle, Randy Woods, Mark McCool, Wally O’Brien and Chad Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will be Hank McCool, Emmanuel Penna, Ed Pudzer, Mike Judd and Charles Hurley.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Funeral Home, Neosho where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Contributions in memory of Leonard may be made to Clear Creek Primitive Baptist Church or Neosho Senior Citizens, c/o Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, 64850.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.