August 16, 1939 – January 31, 2014
Lance Alan Leonard, 74, of Polk City, died Friday morning after a battle with cancer. Lance was born in August, 1939 to Elva and Albert Leonard. He resided in Polk City all of his life, graduating from North Polk High School in 1959. Lance proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He worked hard every day of his life, where work became his relaxation. After being honorably discharged from the military, he worked as a barber in Polk City for several years. He worked for John Deere for a short time and then became an accomplished bus driver, driving for Trailways, Jefferson, and Greyhound. He saw the country and shared his experiences with anyone and everyone as Lance never met a stranger.
Lance was a friend to all and would help anyone at any time. He enjoyed cooking, studying the genealogy of his family, and he never missed an event that his grandkids were in. Most of all, Lance was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa. His family was tremendously important to him, always making sure that everyone was taken care of before himself.
Lance was preceded in death by his mother, Elva and his brothers, Marlin and Kyle. He is survived by his wife, Patti, of whom he was lovingly married for 50 years; his two sons, Paul and Mike (Becky) Leonard, and his daughter, Tami (Leonard) McCoy. He has 1 granddaughter, Grace Leonard and 4 grandsons, Austin Leonard, Luke and Caden McCoy, and Landon Leonard. His father, Albert Leonard (96) of Madrid also survives.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 3 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.). Funeral services for Lance will be Tuesday, February 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny. Lance will be laid to rest at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Ankeny, Iowa.Information provided by: Memorial Services of Iowa 4208 North Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 515.964.0592 www.memorialservicesofiowa.com