Kenneth “Sonny” Leonard

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Kenneth “Sonny” Leonard, 87, of Belleville, IL, born March 24, 1935, in Ava, IL, died on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Leonard was an Ironworker for Local 392, in East St. Louis, IL. Kenneth was a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Swansea Moose Lodge, the Elks 664 Fairview Heights, and the Fraternal Order of the Shiloh Eagles. Kenneth was the former president of the Fairview Optimist Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Annabelle, nee McCaleb, Leonard; and two sisters, Carol Hagen and Sue Leonard.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon, nee Husmann, Leonard;
a daughter, Lisa (Matt) James;
his two sons, Kenneth, and John (Traci) Leonard;
four grandsons, Cody and Tanner James, John Leonard Jr., and Kenneth Leonard Jr.
and a sister, Bonnie (Glenn) Bischof.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 31, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, 120 North Illinois Street, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Graveside service with military honors will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Evergreen Cemetery, Ava, IL


6 Comments on Kenneth “Sonny” Leonard

Frank Timmy Babka said : Guest Report Oct 31, 2022 at 5:08 PM

Kenny was a wonderful guy with a great attitude. I will miss him as a great iron worker buddy. God bless everyone in the family at this time— you are in our prayers.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Becky and Charles James said : Guest Report Oct 30, 2022 at 6:39 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. Our prayers are with all of you now and always!

  • Eminence
Michael Murphy said : Guest Report Oct 29, 2022 at 5:09 PM

Rest in peace my friend.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Jeff Hathaway said : Guest Report Oct 29, 2022 at 8:02 AM

My condolences. May you Rest In Peace and Love.

  • S. Dartmouth
  • MA
Adrian A. Gonzalez said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2022 at 9:59 PM

He will always be in your hearts. You can close your eyes and he will be in your mind and will never leave you. love and time heals all wounds.

  • Laredo
  • Texas
Rich Mallard said : Guest Report Oct 28, 2022 at 9:51 PM

Sorry for your loss. It always seems like we will have enough time say and do what we need to for the people we care about and in an instant that time is gone. Rest in peace, Ken

  • Germantown
  • IL

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