Edwin Leonard Scearce was born September 6, 1924 in Texas County, Missouri, to Edwin and Maud (Crawford) Scearce. Leonard departed this life on October 29, 2008, making him 84 years, one month and 21 days old.
Leonard grew up on the family farm in the Bado community in Texas County. He joined the Navy in June of 1943 and was honorably discharged in April of 1946.
Leonard resided in Jal, New Mexico, after serving in the military. This is where he met Cleo Albertson; they later married on April 27, 1948. This is also when Leonard accepted the Lord into his life.
The couple moved and made their home in Texas County on the family farm in 1953. To this union two children were born, Gaye Lynn and Steve Allen.
Leonard worked as an electrician for many years and for various contractors and himself. Though he didn’t like to brag, he was a master craftsman at woodworking.
Leonard was a longtime member of Bado Community Church where he was a friend to all who knew him.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Cleo of the family home; one daughter, Gaye Brockelbank and husband Mike of Cabool, Missouri; one son, Steve and wife Dianne of Mtn. Grove, Missouri; grandchildren Shawn, Adam, Dara, Kenny, and Michael and several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Michelowski of Virginia and Bonnie Nemerofsky of South Carolina; and a host of many other relatives.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Bradley Scearce.
Graveside services were Saturday, November 1, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. in Bado Cemetery. Henry Cook officiated. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston.
Memorials may be made to Texas County Hospice of Care or Bado Community Church. On line condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.