He was born on August 23, 1947, in East Prairie, Missouri. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving his country with honor for 20 years.
Leon met Annette Leistikow on June 14, 1976, and the couple was married on June 28, 1976, forming a blended family of five boys and two girls. They recently celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his wife of the home; seven children, Renee and Steve Shannon of Cabool, Melodi and Robert Prescott of East Peoria, Illinois, Jason and Susan Hendrix of Madison, Wisconsin, Wiley Sean and Karrie Hendrix of Nixa, Moissouri, Kevin and Desiree Hendrix of Theodore, New Mexico, Chris and Annette Leistikow of Bartonville, Illinois, and Michael and Jenifer Leistikow of Theodore, New Mexico; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on August 29, 2015 at the home.