Leonard F. Priest, 82, of Farmer City, passed away at 8:03 p.m. Wednesday (April 6, 2016) at his home.



Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. April 16 at Bellflower Christian Church. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., also at the church. Inurnment will be in Bellflower Township Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Bellflower Christian Church. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Framer City, is in charge of arrangements.


Leonard was born Dec. 21, 1933, to Owen and Edith Smith Priest. He married Janice Golden on July 20, 1958, in Bellflower. She survives.



Surviving are three sons, Kevin Priest, Farmer City; Kenneth (Joni) Priest, Missouri; and Brian (Christopher) Priest, Chicago; two daughters, Jana Priest, Fisher, and Heather Priest, Champaign; granddaughter, Serena (Andrew) Erickson; great-grandchildren, Laura and Jennifer Erickson; and one sister, Ruby Keller, Mansfield.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Owen Priest; and one sister, Genevieve Marlatt.


Leonard was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked for 33 years at Firestone in Bloomington. He was a member of the Bellflower Christian Church, Senior Citizen Club of Bellflower and the Local 787 United Rubber Workers.


Leonard was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and devoted friend who will be deeply missed. The family would like to express a special thank-you to Carle Hospice workers for all their care and devotion to Leonard.

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