July 31, 1944- August 3, 2012
Leslie (Hot Rod) Lee VanBlaricom, age 68 of Cincinnati, Iowa died Friday, August 03, 2012 at his home.
He was born July 31, 1944 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Lester and Dorothy (Logsdon) VanBlaricom. Leslie married Constance Losey on March 6, 1965 in Centerville. He spent his early years in the Quad Cities as a welder. He later moved back to Iowa and made his home in Cincinnati. Lee worked for the Army Corp of Engineers during the period of construction of the Lake Rathbun Dam. In his final years in the workforce, Lee worked for Appanoose County as a road maintainer. He was employed with the county for eighteen years.
Lee was known by many people to be a master craftsman with his hands. He could fix anything and loved repairing items others would see as “junk.” Consequently, Lee never threw anything away. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and gardening. Lee would share the produce form his garden with all who wanted any. He also took pleasure in being a 4H Horse Project Leader for many years. Most importantly, Lee loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Connie VanBlaricom of Cincinnati, Iowa; two children, Donald (Merredith) VanBlaricom and Karen (Rodney) Richmond of Cincinnati, Iowa; a brother, Danny (Annette) VanBlaricom of Glenwood, Iowa; two sisters, Stella (Ken) Marsh of York, Nebraska and Karen (Rick) Draper of Albany, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Michael Lee (Norrita) Moorman, Gunnar Sleeth, Bridgette (Zeb Strickler) Richmond, Steven Richmond, Abbie Kepner, Addison Kepner, Ashtyn VanBlaricom, Tate Knight, ; four great grandchildren, Amira, Angel, DeVon, and Makai. Sisters-in-law Lenora Losey of Deltona, Fla.; Helen (Bruce) Mauraides of Centerville. Many nieces and nephews. He also had a vast amount of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Leslie Ann VanBlaricom on August 10, 2011; a brother-in-law Donald Losey of Deltona, Fla.; and a step-brother Terry VanBlaricom.
A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM, Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville. Burial of the cremains will follow 10 AM, Wednesday morning at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Cincinnati, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Leslie Lee VanBlaricom Memorial Fund and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.Information provided by: Lange Funeral Home 1900 South 18th Street Centerville, IA 52544 www.langefh.com