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Leonard Irvin Luehring, 93, passed away August 3, 2017 at St. Simeons, in Tulsa, Okla.
Leonard was born May 14, 1924, on a farm near Hanover, Kan., to Edward and Iva Luehring. He graduated from Washington, Kan. High School, in 1942, as class president and salutatorian.
He worked his way through college and graduated with honors from Kansas State University in 1948, with a degree in chemical engineering. Leonard was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Steel Ring, honorary societies and was named to Who's Who in Engineering. Before graduating, he worked for Hercules making rocket powder and for Boeing as an assistant process engineer before serving in the U.S. Army. Upon discharge, he returned to college to complete his degree.
Leonard started his career with the Atlas Powder Company, at their Tamaqua, Pa. plant, and progressed through acid and dynamite supervisory positions. In 1955, he was transferred to corporate headquarters, in Wilmington, Del., as production coordinator for five plants and then to the Webb City plant in 1966 as technical superintendent. He progressed to plant manager and retired as manufacturing technical director in 1985.
Leonard was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry as both junior and senior warden. Following retirement, he served on the Board of Public Works, Powers Museum Board, Carthage Library Board, Phelps House Trustee and was an election judge for many years. His favorite activity was tent camping and hiking. He particularly looked forward for many years to month-long hiking in the Alpine Regions of Switzerland.
Leonard was united in marriage to Jeanne L. Cassill on February 4, 1944. She preceded him in death July 23, 1990.
Leonard is survived by one son, Michael Luehring and wife, Diana, of Palm Springs, Calif.; one daughter, Jan Schweiger, of Tulsa; one brother, George Luehring and wife, Beverly, of Edmond, Okla.; and two grandchildren, Nicholas Schweiger, wife Sarah and son Ethan, of Casselberry, Fla., and Genevieve Schweiger, of Dallas, Texas. Leonard is preceded in death by one brother, Alvin Luehring; and one sister, Marjorie Walton.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 12, at Grace Episcopal Church, in Carthage. The body has been cremated, with the ashes to be placed in the Grace Episcopal Church Columbarium.
Condolences may be made at www.ulmerfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.
Published on August 11, 2017
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