Dennis Leonard

September 10, 1945 ‒ June 23, 2014

Galion, Ohio
Formerly of Columbus, Ohio

Dennis D. Leonard, 68, of Galion, formerly of Columbus, died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Born in Columbus, September 10, 1945, he was the son of Franklin Leonard and Elizabeth (Casey) Leonard. He married Barbara R. (Vance) Leonard November 18, 1989 and she survives.

Dennis was a graduate of Rosary High School in Columbus in 1963 and was a United States Air Force Veteran of Viet Nam. Moving to Galion from Columbus in January 2014, he has been employed as a salesman at Craig Smith Auto Group in Galion the last two months

In addition to his wife he is survived by step-children, Greg (Heather) Lust of Mt. Vernon and Krista Lust of Columbus.; grandchildren, Aric Lust and Ashlyn Lust; his sister, Mary Ann Leonard of Columbus and mother-in-law, Geraldine Vance of Galion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Leonard.

Private services will be held for the family. Interment will be in Iberia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association in care of Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel, 218 S. Market Street, Galion, Ohio 44833.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the Dennis Leonard family, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Barb, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your IRU “Family ” all send their love

  • Barb and family,
    I was so shocked to hear about Dennis! He was such a great person and I sure enjoyed taking care of him while he was in the hospital a few years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family! So sorry to hear about this loss!

  • So very sorry to hear of this. I was looking forward to seeing him at our reunion next month. Loved his sense of humor in high school. Prayers and thoughts to the family.

  • Dear Mary Ann & Family,

    Dennis was always a very visible member of Rosary junior high and high school. Dennis was a leader in the high school choir and personally talked Sr. Marguerite, the choir director, into assuming a new position as conductor of the boys’ choir so that the late and very talented Dick Hannan (class of 1960-Don’s (1963) brother) could take the keyboard of Rosary’s organ.

    I was privileged to be invited to Frank & Elizabeth’s home in the old Rosary parish where we spent a number of Friday nights watching old horror movies in black and white and eating White Castle hamburgers. The Leonards embodied how a family should behave at home and it was obvious that they cared for one another very much.

    Dennis was able to come to a few Rosary luncheons and was looking forward to the class of 1963 reunion on Saturday, July 19.

    Dennis will be at the class reunion in spirit and he will be greatly missed.

    Jessica (Columbus School for Girls – 1981 through 1990) and Joyce and Anthony Elia, Laguna Hills & Mission Viejo, CA

  • I’m terribly sorry to see that Dennis has passed. He was a good guy. How come Sue, Dennis, and Mary were not acknowledged in his obituary?

    I find it odd since they were his children also… Was this an error or passive aggressive behavior?

    The omission was in poor taste. Especially when his daughter was informed of his passing by a stranger with no opportunity to say goodbye since they had a very good relationship.

    Hopefully, this doesn’t happen to you.

    Dennis, Sue & Mary Leonard

  • Just talked to Denny last month. He was very interested in the upcoming Rosary Class Reunion. He was the big brother who teased the life out of me and his brother Jack my classmate during sleep overs.
    Great times past.
    I’ll keep the family in my prayers.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I got to see Dennis at a couple of reunion meetings last year. He was always so much fun to be around. I too was looking forward to seeing him again at the class reunion. He will be missed.
    My prayers are with you.
    Linda Liscano Bragg

  • I am sorry for your loss. I knew Dennis from Rosary, I was a classmate of his brother Jack. Knew his father and his aunt Ada who lived with Paglione family.

  • Mary Ann, it was indeed an honor to have known Denny at Rosary and later on when he was working at Avery Pontiac. We are so very sorry for the loss of your second brother Denny. May they both held in the arms of our loving Savior and may you be given extra strength at this time.

  • My heart felt condolences to all of Dennis’ family. I went to Rosary with him for 12 years and will remember him, as will all who knew him there, as a smart, fun, thoughtful friend with great integrity. He will be missed at the Class of ’63 reunion and well beyond.

  • Mary Ann and family,
    Sad news. Like the others I was hoping to re-acquaint with Dennis at the upcoming class reunion. I recall Dennis as a kind, quick with a smile, accepting person. I am honored and grateful to know someone who served in the Viet Nam War for me. May God hold him in the hallow of His hand. Patty Ryan

  • We are so sorry about Mr. Leonard’s passing. Our prayers go out to each of you at this most difficult time. Know that Dennis is now resting in the arms of Our Lord & Savior.
    Mike & Micki Riley

  • As Dennis’ sister, I would like to thank all who have shared your memories of Dennis and certainly the fondness that is felt in these expressions of sympathy. His Irish sense of humor, his beautiful voice and desire to make others happy are some of my fondest memories of him. At this time I also feel compelled to address the negativity expressed by his son and stepdaughters. Dennis’ wife had never met them and should in no way be vilified for not contacting them about their father. Neither I nor any of the cousins had correct phone numbers for them to be contacted. The effort was made.