Charles F. “Red” Leonard Sr.
December 18, 1932 — September 21, 2013
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Ibert’s Mortuary in Patterson for Mr. Charles F. “Red” Leonard Sr., 80, a native of Monroe, longtime former resident of Morgan City and Montgomery, and a resident of Ricohoc for the past six years, who passed away at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Morgan City Health Care Center.
He will be laid to rest in Ibert’s Memorial Park Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Charles Leonard Jr., Tommy Dyson Sr., Adrian Bailey, Charles A. Leonard, Christopher Leonard and Brandon LeJeune.
The Rev. Marty Harden will officiate the services.
Mr. Red was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean War. He loved and raised animals, enjoyed wrestling, taking his family camping, and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He was a member of the Morgan City Mudslingers, the Civitans, and was an organizer of the Civinettes. He started his own business, Gem Wire and Slings in Morgan City, which he owned and operated for 12 years until selling the business and retiring in 1977. Following retiring, he and his wife moved to Montgomery, where they resided until 2007. They then returned to St. Mary Parish to be closer to family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Olivia L. “Tiny” Leonard of Ricohoc; four children, Linda L. LeJeune of Arkansas, Trudy L. Dyson and her husband, Tommy Dyson Sr., of Houma, Charles F. Leonard Jr. and his wife, Kristy, of Tennessee, and Sharon L. Vaughn of Morgan City; two sisters, Norma L. Nobles of Houma and Laura L. Rome of Metairie; 10 grandchildren, Adrian Bailey, Gay Sisk, Brandon LeJeune, Lisa Marcum, Tera Gaidry, Tommy Dyson Jr., Charles A. Leonard, Christopher Leonard, Gary Hotard Jr., and Jade Broussard; 18 great-grandchildren, Terry, Carrie, Cory, Monique, Adrianna, Jacob, David, Donavan, Kelsey, Evan, Owen, Luke, Cameron, Emily, Jake, Ali, Gavin and Eric; and one great-great-grandchild, Ashlyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Leonard and Lucille D. Leonard; one brother, Frank Leonard; two sisters, Gloria Dalio and Charlotte Presswood; and one great-grandchild, Mia Gaidry.
A gathering of family and friends will be held today, Monday, Sept. 23, at Ibert’s Mortuary in Patterson from 11 a.m. until time of service at 2 p.m.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff of Southern Care Hospice, especially his nurses Dawn Verret and Holly Savoie, for the loving and compassionate care given to Mr. Red.
Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary Inc., 1111 Lia St., Patterson, LA 70392; phone, 985-395-7873.