Leonard Lee Newby, 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at his home in Yukon.
He was born Feb. 14, 1949, in Prineville, Ore., son of Laurel Lee and Helen Bernice Lewis Newby. He and Brenda Sue Powell were married Aug. 8, 1970.
He was a member of the Army and was an expert marksman.
He was a member of Valley Center Baptist Church. He was instrumental in the design of Valley Center Cemetery, which included designing and drafting the plot map and marking each plot with a brass tag.
He started Ozark Mountain Long Rifle Gun Club and was a lifetime member. He built several muzzle-loaders and was a master gun builder and trained two apprentice gunsmiths. He was an avid hunter and also enjoyed fishing. He built a cabin on his land he loved in Lewis Hollow, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He cut cordwood for Craig Charcoal and hauled logs in Washington and Missouri. He worked for a while as a truck driver. He worked at Jackson Grocery as a butcher and at MFA Feed Store in Summersville. He was also a carpenter and worked as a resource technician and retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation in June 2010 –– after 29 years of service.
He loved teaching his grandchildren, nieces and nephews how to hunt, fish and respect guns.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda of the home; a son, Linny Lee of Hartshorn; a daughter, Holly Sheree of Springfield; five granddaughters; a brother, Dennis Newby of Hartshorn; and many other family members and friends.
Services were Friday, Oct. 11, at Valley Center Church with the Rev. Van Kirkwood and the Rev. Joe Heiney officiating. Burial with military rites was in Valley Center Cemetery under the direction of Bradford Funeral Home.