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Lt. Col William H. "Bud" Leonard

Lt. Col William H. “Bud” Leonard, after fighting Parkinson’s disease for 30 years, succumbed to its complications on Monday, December 29, 2008.

Born November 22, 1933, in Pascagoula, MS, he lived in Fallbrook for 27 years.

In 1957, he received his BS degree from Florida State University, where he played football for four years. In 1973, he received his MS degree from George Washington University.

Bud was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USMC in 1958. During his 28-year career, he served his country in Vietnam, Okinawa, Japan and many stateside locations.

Of the numerous medals awarded to Bud, the most distinguished are: the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

He was medically retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1985.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, William F. Leonard and Ella Louise Ezell, and step-parents V.L. Ezell and Daphne Leonard.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Carol Leonard; son Dale Leonard; daughter Judy Money; son-in-law Mike Money; daughter-in-law Denise Leonard; grandchildren Michael and Nicole Leonard and Nicholas and Tyler Money; siblings Dick Leonard, Billy Leonard, Linda Leonard Outz, Cooper Ezell, Jim Ezell, Betty Ezell and Carolyn Ezell; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 2, at Berry-Bell & Hall Mortuary in Fallbrook. Funeral service will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, January 3, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Vista. Interment will take place at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside.


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