Leonard Lynch, 80, of Kent, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007.

He was born June 7, 1926, in Summerville, Mo. He was smart, hardworking, athletic and handsome. His family moved from Missouri during the depression and settled in Sunnyside.

He was popular with his friends, had a great sense of humor and was always willing to give a hand to help someone. He joined the Marines right out of school and fought in WW II and the Korean War.  He survived heavy fighting and was nicknamed "Lucky Lynch".  He had an impeccable service record and received many military honors.

When he returned from the service, he met and fell in love with a very special girl.  He married LaVon Crowe on Feb. 19, 1955, at the Sunnyside Baptist Church. She took care of him until she died on April 11, 2005.  They were married for 50 years.  Leonard and LaVon moved from Sunnyside, to Kent and had two daughters, (Laurie, 1958 and Linda, 1961).

He was a devoted father and grandfather. His daughters and grandchildren loved him very much.  He taught them to help others, to be conscientious, courageous, and strong, to be self-sufficient and persevere during difficult times. He always provided for them, protected them and kept them safe.  Thanks, Dad.

As a manager for Boeing, he retired after more than 30 years of service. He touched many lives, was well known, and liked for his excellence and fairness.

He loved listening to music, playing the guitar, camping, fishing and traveling. He was an expert marksman and had a special gift for fixing things. He traveled all over the United States, Europe and Asia.

He was a very special man.  He will be missed, but never forgotten.

Leonard is survived by a loving family, a daughter and son-in-law Linda and Matt Norton; two grandchildren, Matthew and Michelle Norton; one brother, John Lynch; two sisters, Judy Friend and Pearl Wright; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVon Lynch; one daughter, Laurie Lynch; his parents, Grover and Gladys Lynch; four sisters, Ella Arnold, Noriene Hill, Aleda Campbell and Dorothy Partch; and three brothers, Kenneth, Jim and Carl Lynch.

Memorial services will be held Saturday Jan. 13, 2007, at 10 a.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 272nd and Military Road in Kent. Final resting place will be at Hillcrest Burial Park. Memorials may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 530 Dexter Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle, WA  98109. Marllat Funeral Home in Kent is in charge of arrangements.


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