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James Allen Leedy, 71, passed away Monday, September 4, 2017, peacefully in his home after a long illness.
He leaves his wife, Pamela, of 51 years; a daughter, Dianna S Leedy Crandall (Joplin); two sons, James D Leedy and his wife, Kendra, (Joplin), David A Leedy and his wife, Evelyn, (Diamond); a sister, Janice Orahood, (Joplin); seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Crawford; and a brother, Jack Leedy.
James was born March 8, 1946, and raised in the Carthage area by his parents, Claude and Louise Leedy, who also preceded him in death. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1964. He served in Vietnam where he received a bronze star, Presidential Unit Citation and a purple heart during his service from 1965 to 1967. He attended college in the early '70s, where he studied accounting, business and basic law.
He worked for Nabisco, in Carthage, for 25 years and later worked for Safeway Bakery and Jasper Popcorn before retiring in 2003. He was also heavily involved with the VFW in his earlier years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, who also enjoyed listening to music, telling jokes and funny stories, playing cards, and watching western movies. He was very generous and friendly to everyone he met.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, September 8, at Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Ulmer Funeral Home, in Carthage, Thursday, September 7, from 6 to 7 pm.
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Published on September 6, 2017
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