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Howard Leroy Leonard

March 22, 1935 — October 15, 2023


Howard “Howdy” Leroy Leonard age 88 passed away at home on October 15th, 2023, in Gilbertsville, KY. He was born March 22nd, 1935, in Butler, PA. He is the son of Howard and Gladys (Hay) Leonard.

Howard is survived by his brothers & sisters Jean (Larry) Stanley, Al (Elaine) Leonard, Florence “Flo” (Glen) Herold, Tom (Shannon) Leonard, Jeanne (Joe) Rassman, Jackie (Tom) Healey, Dorothy (Ted) Langa. His Children Ron (Deb) Leonard of Enchanted Oaks, TX. Ken (Kathi) Leonard of Gilbertsville, KY. Lenny (Charllea)Leonard of Olive, KY. Grandchildren Cari (Jason) Wood, Nathan (Casey) Leonard, Krystle (Dustin) Morris, Lauren (Josh) Simons, Kyle (Dena) Leonard, Kristy (Andrew) Archuleta, Natalie (Andrew) Goodlin. Great-grandchildren Lizzie Wood, Andy Wood, Evan Simons, Dillon Guerts, Kaylee Simons, Levi Leonard, Sawyer Archuleta, Everly Goodlin, Micah Goodlin, Logan Archuleta.

He is preceded in death by his wife Pearl Leonard of 50 years. Parents Howard and Gladys Leonard, Sister Marion Kerlack, Son Harold “Huck” Leonard, Grandson Andrew “Andy” Leonard.

Howdy & Pearl were full-time RVers after Howdy retired from Armco Steel Mill in Butler PA. They traveled the countryside from coast to coast.  They lived in Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. They were campground hosts in many of the places they lived. For the last 10 years, Howdy was the campground host of Stagecoach Station Campground in Benton, KY. Where he loved to mow the grass and talk with the campers on the front porch. He was an avid Baseball Fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, loved the Steelers, and enjoyed watching any game with his sons. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, golf, old country music, playing his guitar, and spending time with his family.

Visitation will be held on 10/21/23 at 1:00 pm, Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm at Lindsey Funeral Home in Paducah, KY. He will be laid to rest along with his wife Pearl in Butler Memorial Cemetery Park in the Spring of 2024.

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