Leonard O. Buell, 84, died at Union Hospital at 1:44 p.m. Sunday, January 8, 2006.
He lived in Bowling Green until recently when he moved to Bethesda Gardens Nursing Home. He was born August 14, 1921, in Clay County to Everett Harrison and Julia Ann Hart Buell. Leonard graduated from Washington Township High School in 1938. He then served in the Army Air Force as an engineer-gunner with the 15th Bomber Squadron. During his service to his country he was awarded nine ribbons including the Air Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Leonard was a rated pistol marksman and an engine mechanic. He was stationed in numerous areas of the world including Rome-Arno, North Apennines, Po Valley in Italy; Normandy, northern France, southern France, and Central Europe air combat. After being discharged October 8, 1943, he began working for the Operating Engineers IUOE No. 841 as a crane operator and retired in 1995. He also farmed in the Bowling Green area for many years. Leonard was also awarded, in 1987, the Most Outstanding Woodland Manager in Clay, Sullivan and Vigo counties by the Sycamore Trails Resource Conservation and Development Forestry Committee. On October 28, 1949, he married Norma "Maxine" Buell. He was a member of the Clay City American Legion and the VFW, the Bowling Green Masonic Lodge No. 85 and the Scottish Rite. Leonard also enjoyed being a part of the 4-H where he won many awards showing cattle and hogs. He was baptized into the Methodist faith on April 22, 1962, at the Mt. Zion Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Norma Maxine Buell.
Survivors include his son, Richard Keith Buell of Bowling Green and a daughter Rhonda Kay Buell; two grandchildren, Chad Buell Sr. and wife Cheryl of Bowling Green, Tracy and husband Donnie Coonce of Rosedale; great-grandchildren, Chad Buell Jr. of Bowling Green, Christy Barbee of Rosedale, Jeff Pridemore also of Rosedale; and a special family friend Lucy Strouch of Bowling Green.
Services will be Thursday, January 12, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Bowling Green United Methodist Church with Rev. Mindy Huffman and pastor Howard Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green. Visitation will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home Wednesday, January 11, 2006, from 4-8 p.m.
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