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Leonard James Wurn

January 31, 1931 ~ May 4, 2020 (age 89)

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Leonard’s life began January 31, 1931 in Byron Center, Michigan.  Growing up he lived in various towns in Michigan until his family settled in Watervliet.  After graduating high school he attended college for two years until proudly serving his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War, earning the National Defense Service Medal and Navy Occupation Service Medal.  Upon returning home Leonard ran a gas station, worked at Bridges Chevrolet Dealership, then had a milk route and many other jobs to provide for his growing family until going to work as a machinist for Whirlpool until retirement.  When he wasn’t working you could find Leonard on the golf course or building his house.


His greatest joy was his family which includes: his loving wife Barbara; five children Michael (Valerie) Wurn, Kathryn (Don) Cheshire, Carolyn (Jack) Hunt, Patricia Wurn, and Thomas (Nikki) Wurn; 10 grandchildren Lesley (Mike) Spierling, Patrick (Hayley) Cheshire, Marcia (Joe) Hune, Scott (Gloria) Hagenbarth, Matthew Hunt, Jaden Wurn, Aaron Wurn, Ian Wurn, Bryan Hagenbarth, and Brenna Hagenbarth; six great grandchildren; a son-in-law John (Susan) Hagenbarth; and a brother Jerome Warren.


Leonard died Monday, May 4, 2020 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.  He is preceded in death by a daughter Teresa Hagenbarth, two sisters Betty Reitman and Donna Delaney and his parents Leo and Gladys (Keefer) Wurn.  Leonard’s family will celebrate his life with a private Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Leonard’s family.

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