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William Leonard Leidy, 1910-2005

William Leonard Leidy, a former hardware store owner in Minturn, died of natural causes at Mercy Medical Center in Durango Wednesday. He was 95.

Leidy was born May 31, 1910, in Inman, Neb. to William E. Leidy and Myrtie Manchester. He graduated from Inman High School and attended Aircraft Mechanics School in Chicago.

On June 27, 1937 he married Jennie V. Jacox. In 1942 they moved to Glenwood Springs where he was an auto mechanic and collision repair specialist.

In 1947 he and his wife opened a Gambles hardware store in Minturn, where they lived until they retired.

They moved to Buchanan Dam, Texas. After the death of his wife in 1993, Leidy continued to live in Buchanan Dam until May of this year when he moved to Durango to be near his two sons.

Friends and family members say Leidy was active in community affairs and loved hunting, fishing, horse back riding, welding, woodworking and fixing or building “anything anyone wanted.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a brother and a sister.

He is survived by his sons Russell Leidy and his wife, Luanna, of Durango and Kent Leidy and his wife, Beth, of Hesperus; his grandchildren Michael Leidy, Trish Hudson, Audra Farace, Trinette Bridges and Jonathan Leidy; and great-grandchildren Sidney and Madison Leidy, CJ and Hailey Hudson, Parker Farace, Dahn Leidy and Daegan Turney.

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m., Sept. 3 at the Lone Grove Church of Christ, Lone Grove, Texas. Lone Grove is located between Bluffton and Llano, off Highway 2241. Cremation has occurred.

Memorials in Leonard’s name may be made to The Lone Grove Church of Christ, c/o Doug Aston, 107 South Greenwood Drive, Buchanan Dam, Texas 78609.

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