April 21, 1929-November 18, 2017
Leonard served as Baptist Student Union Director at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama from 1957-1967. He moved back to Joplin where he served as Baptist Student Union Director at Missouri Southern State University from 1967- 1982. Leonard was a member of the Forest Park Baptist Church.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Gertrude Roten. He is survived by a cousin, Paula Klotz and husband Dan of Douglas, Ks. He is also survived by a host of students from Alabama, and the Joplin area, many who answered the call to missions, and or church related ministry.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday at the Mason-Woodard Chapel with Pastors Richard Davenport, Steve Patterson, Robert Wilson, and Robert Davis, Allen Hendrickson, Keith Jackson, and John Pogue officiating. Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to a scholarship fund in his name at the Spring River Baptist Assoc., 4037 E. 7th. St. Joplin, Mo. 64801. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, Mo.