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Leonard E. James

Leonard E. James, 90, Mt. Morris, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Swedish American Hospital, Rockford.

He was born June 24, 1922 in Mt. Morris, the son of Luther and Mary Ann (Smeltzer) James.

He attended Mt. Morris High School.

Leonard served in the USMarine Corps during World War II as an instructor on the F4U Corsair hydraulic system.  He also served in China for a year.

He married Lorraine Burdick on Oct. 9, 1943 in Rockford.

Leonard was an independent plumber for 54 years retiring in 2002.

He was a long-time Christian Church member where he served as an elder and also on the church board.  Leonard also taught the adult Sunday School class.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine James, Mt. Morris; sons: Steve (Young Cha) James, Mt. Morris, and Bob (Brenda) James, Wilmette; daughter, Cindy (Bob) Fulton, Mt. Morris; eight grandchildren, Jason, Randy, Melissa, Faith, Joshua, Jared, Aaron, and Andrea;  14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Andrew, Carl, Clyde, Stan, and George and two infant brothers; an angel sister, Ollie Beard; and two grandchildren, Brian and Doug Fulton.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mt. Morris, with Rev. Jeremy Heller officiating.

Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 18 from 12 p.m. until the time of the service at Finch Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Ogle County Serenity Hospice and Home or Mt. Morris Fire Department.

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