Earl Dean Leonard, 80, of Ankeny died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, from complications of COPD.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home at 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd. The life and spirit of Earl will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Ankeny United Methodist Church at 206 S.W. Walnut St. Burial will follow at the Ankeny Memorial Gardens.
Earl was born Oct. 6, 1939, to Carl and June Leonard in Perry, Iowa.
He was raised in Perry and graduated from Perry High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista College and a master’s degree from Drake University.
Earl taught and coached in Callender and Ankeny.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church for 53 years.
Earl and Janet sealed their love in marriage July 17, 1960.
Those blessed to share his life include his wife, Janet, of 59 years; son, Jeff (Deena) Leonard; grandchildren, Xavier Leonard and Adam, Anna and Arik Logsdon; brother, Jerry (Jackie) Leonard; and sister-in-law, Janet Leonard.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gene.