Leonard Otis Newland, 82, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2014, at his home in Kentwood, La.
Memorial services conducted by the Rev. David Cutrer were Friday, February 21, 2014, at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood.
He was born Dec. 28, 1931, to Charley Otis and Blanche Elizabeth (LaDuke) Newland in Lawrence, Kan., at the home of his grandmother, Mary Louisa (Rockhold) Newland.
He started school in Abilene, Kan., at the age of 4. He moved with his family to Braymer, Mo., and went three years to South Victory, a little one room country school. This little school closed, so he and his siblings transferred in to Braymer Grade School until 1945 when his family moved to Baldwin City, Kan. Then he took 7th and 8th grades at Union School and went on to Baldwin High School.
In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was honorably discharged. A service buddy invited him home to have Thanksgiving dinner, as Leonard could not come home to Kansas on a 24 hour leave. It was at this dinner that Leonard met his soul mate, a cousin of his friend, Miss Myrtle Lee Bennett. They were married March 1, 1955 in Hammond, La. They shared nearly 59 years, until Miss Myrtle passed away Jan. 13, 2014. Together, they kept an Ayrshire Dairy herd, winning recognition for top producer in Louisiana for about 9 years. Leonard had a double aneurysm in his brain when he was 31 years old, which caused them to have to get rid of the dairy herd for a few years. He worked for a while at Kentwood Pontiac as a parts man, while he was recuperating from his surgery.
He loved caring for Godís land and milking his cows. Once again, he was able to get back to his beloved farm and dairy operation.
Leonard was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
He also was the caretaker of the Killian Chapel Cemetery for several years.
Leonard was a loving husband, brother, uncle and son. He was a hard working, honest man.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents, three sisters-in-law; and four brothers-in-law.
Survivors include three sisters and their spouses, Rose Marie and Gayle Cook, Osage City, Kan., Mildred and Floyd Couch, Braymer, Mo., and Charlene (Coates) Rockhold and her husband, Keith, Centropolis, Kan. Other survivors include Myrtleís two brothers, Lester, Hammond, La., and Lawrence, Tennessee; as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
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