Leonard Paul Pope, Sr, 94 of Nevada, passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the Moore-Few Care Center in Nevada. Leonard was born on January 4, 1926 in Beason, IL to Schuyler and Susie (Conway) Pope. On March 18, 1946 he was married to Bonnie Peterson and she preceded him in death on July 13, 2012.
Leonard came to Vernon County by covered wagon at the age of 3. He attended the Badger School near Walker. At age 16 he went to Iowa to work as a farmhand. He served in the US Army for a year before returning to Vernon County in 1960 where he continued to farm and also began working for the City of Nevada Water Department retiring in 1988. Leonard was longtime member of the Nevada Saddle Club and he enjoyed attending the American Royal Parade annually. Leonard was an active supporter of the National Kidney Foundation participating in their Trail Ride Fundraising events.
Survivors include one daughter, Connie Newton of Nevada, two sons, Paul Pope of Moundville and Rodney Pope of Nevada, seven grandchildren, Amanda Davis (Tim), Randi Pope-Brockmiller (Allen Hiller), Sara Thompson, Casey Newton (Angie), Chris Newton (Gina), Jenny Swopes (Brad), Jill Kaemmerling (Jason), eleven great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, one sister, Mary Hughes and one Brother Louis Pope both of California.
In addition to his wife Bonnie, he was preceded in death by two infant daughters, Linda and Becky, three sisters, Dorotha Ramsey, Loraine Wolf, Martha Landon, two brothers, Elmer Pope and Lawrence Pope, a grandson, Jeff Newton, and a son-in-law, Sonny Newton.
Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday October 5, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment with Military Rites will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dederick, MO. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association c/o Ferry Funeral Home.
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