Lawrence "Larry" Leonard

Thursday, May 30th, 1935 - Monday, September 2nd, 2019
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Lawrence Lyle Leonard, 84, of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 30, 1935, the son of the late Loren Leonard and Alice (Lopshire) Leonard. He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1954. Larry was the first fire chief in East Leroy Township in the early 1960s, serving from the late 1960s to 1975; and was instrumental in purchasing the first fire engine for township. He was bus driver for Harper Creek Schools and also worked as a construction worker. Larry worked for and retired from Kellogg's after 32 years of service and was a member of the Kellogg 25 club. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Larry also enjoyed reading, traveling and woodworking.

Larry is survived by his wife of 44 years, Paulette Lyna (Burton) Leonard; children, Janet (Bill) Lichty, Janie Balch, Danny (Traci) Balch, Jim (Stephanie) Balch, Larry (Penny) Leonard, Virginia Carrican and Joan (Mike) Findley; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brother, Richard (Nancy) Leonard; two sisters, Ruthann (Danny) Johnson, Ilene Leonard and many many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The visitation will be held at the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service, 375 W. Dickman Road, on Thursday September 5, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The funeral service will be held at the Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service, on Friday, September 6, 2019, at 1:00 pm. Interment will take place in the Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Larry's name may be made to Cancer Society of Battle Creek or Hospice of Southwest Michigan.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, September 5th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, September 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, September 6th, 2019 1:00pm
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Amanda Leonard

Posted at 06:06pm
Going to miss you grandpa and all the stories. All the times you made us grandkids do the turtle from getting the back of our necks. The trips to the lake in the summer. This doesn't seem real and although I am unable to be there physically with the family I will be there in spirit.

3West Salon

Posted at 08:22am
Sending all our love and support to you Amy, your 3West family
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Stephanie Scherer-Smith

Posted at 03:45pm
He was a always very good to me. He treated me as his own grandchild. Truly gonna miss hi, and prayers for the family.

Janie Balch

Posted at 02:25am
Lawrence is also known for making the best baked beans ever, hands down. He always made some without onions for those of us who weren’t fond of them.
His homemade pumpkin pies were a favorite also!!! Missing him very much

Janet Miller

Posted at 09:10pm
You will be so missed by so many people. Always there when anyone needed you and never expected anything in return. Sometimes we didn’t even know we needed you, but you always knew when to just quietly show up and offer your help. Thank you for being the man that you were. You leave a wonderful legacy for your family and nobody will ever fill your shoes. We all love you. Love, Janet & Carey

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