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John Paul “Jack” Leamon

Owner and operator, Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, Illinois, died November 18, 2013, at age 88. After graduating from high school, Leamon enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country as a pharmacist mate from 1943-46. During World War II, he was at Omaha Beach on D-Day during the invasion of France. After his service, Leamon attended Carthage College and completed his studies at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, where he graduated with honors in 1949. He then began his lifelong career as a funeral director, working with his father operating the funeral, furniture and ambulance business until his father’s death in 1951. Leamon and his mother, Agnes, continued the family business until her death in 1970. Since then, Leamon and wife Mary have managed the family business, selling the furniture store in 1995 but continuing to operate the funeral home and ambulance service. During his career, he received an award from the Illinois Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of service and received the Longest Family Business Award given by the State of Illinois. Leamon Funeral Home has been family owned and operated since 1869.

In addition to his service to the community as a funeral director, Leamon served as Stephenson County coroner and was a member of the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Department Merit Commission, Lena Lions Club, Lena Professional Business Association and was a 50-year member of American Legion Post #577. He is survived by wife Mary; children Thomas, Janet and Paul; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.