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Gerald (Jerry) Homer Leonard age 74, of Meadville Pennsylvania passed away at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Ardelle Lorraine (Guth) originally of Oil City, his daughter Anissa Mitchell and her Husband Brodie of Conneautville, his son Michael and his wife Melissa (Getchell) of Meadville, his son Mark Dehner and his wife Mary of Oil City, four Grandchildren, Morgan Dehner, Patrick Mitchell, Lance and Lucille Leonard. Also surviving are his brother Robert Hugh Leonard of Cochranton, and Barbara Ann Emig of Grand Valley, along with several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Hugh Homer Leonard and Mina Helena (Herman) both of Meadville, and Nephew James Emig of Goosecreek, S.C.
Gerald was born on May 20, 1943 in Meadville Pennsylvania. He graduated from Meadville High School and Crawford County Vocational Technical School in 1961, Alliance College in 1965 with an associate of science in Tool Design, Pittsburgh University in 1967 with a Bachelors degree in Technical Education and 1972 from Pitt certification in Vocational Education. He also attained his Masters degree in Education from Pittsburgh University 1981. He was a Journeyman Tool and Die Maker by Trade. He married Ardelle in June 1972. He began working for Crawford County Vocational Technical School as the Machine shop teacher, as well as Alliance College and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After a few years the couple welcomed two children into their home and Gerald set about teaching them about being "good honest people", everything technical, mechanical, and the outdoors. His children remember him as a kind/gentle/patient/driven/loving father who encouraged them to pursue their dreams. He always put his family first.
Gerald was accomplished at everything he did, a jack of all trades. He was a generous/witty/dedicated individual who loved teaching, reading, camping, motorcycles, antiques, and who was passionate about his students, his children, and hunting. He was an active and dedicated member of: Cochranton Masonic Lodge #790 and the Pioneer Steam & Gas Engine Society. He often volunteered his help wherever it was needed, and went the extra mile for his students. His love and respect of family and nature were beyond words.
A Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday February 3rd, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Cochranton Community Church, 3993 E Church Street, Cochranton PA 16314 with a reception to follow with Pastor Kent Haines officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gerald's life. At a later date Gerald's ashes will be sent to the winds at Minister Overlook, Heart's Content PA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shriners' Children's Hospital at 1645 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505. Condolences can be sent to 9351 Franklin Pike Meadville PA 16335. The family would like to sincerely thank all their friends, family and caregivers for their prayers, efforts, care, and dedication.
Please sign Michael's online guestbook at hatheway-tedesco.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hatheway-Tedesco Funeral Home & Crematory, 614 Baldwin Street, Meadville, PA 16335.
Published on January 18, 2018
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