December 28, 1930 — February 11, 2021
Leonard A. Studer, 90, son of Herman and Maude (Glawe) Studer was born in rural Corwith on Dec. 28, 1930 and raised in Wesley. He passed from this life on Feb. 11 at his son’s home in Camus, Wash., surrounded by family.
He married Mary Catherine “Kaye” (Smith) on June 1, 1954 in Wesley. They enjoyed 66 years of married life. To this union was born Barb (Paul) Dietrich, Jerry (Myrna), Marilyn (John) Walter, David (Jayme), Jeanie (Joe) Gorman, Tom and Jim (Richard Todd). He is also survived by his brothers Rollin (Maxine) of Britt, Merlin (Mary Jo) of Wesley, and Kermit (Judy) of Clear Lake, 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Leonard was preceded in death by both of his parents, brothers Herman, Eugene and Donovan; son Tom; parents-in-law Richard and Esther Smith; brothers-in-law Rae and Gary Smith; son-in-law John Walter; and great-grandson Corbin Walter.
To begin his married life, he farmed in several farms throughout Iowa. He transitioned to federal food inspection in 1963 and spent 38 years in that profession. When he retired, Leonard worked at Northstar Garden Center in Liberty, Mo., for 14 years. In September 2016 he moved with Kaye to Camas, Wash., to live with his son and daughter-in law on their farm, spending time shepherding the flock, mowing the yard and enjoying time in the workshop. He loved woodworking and made approximately 80 rocking chairs for family, friends and various customers. Leonard was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in 1950.