Roy W. “Bill” Leopard, 76, of Illinois City, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at his home. Private Inurnment with military honors will be in Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island on Friday, October 18, 2019. A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held on Sunday, October 20th at the Illinois City Hall, beginning at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family. Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan is assisting the family with arrangements.
Roy William Leopard was born September 9, 1943 in Centerville, Iowa, a son of William H., Jr. and Ruth (Stroud) Leopard. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 6 years. Bill served 2 years active duty and 4 years in the Navy reserves. He married Sandra DeClercq on November 22, 1962 in Andalusia. Bill worked as a Piece maker in the Cylinder Division at John Deere Harvester Works. He retired in 1994 after 30 years of service to Deere and Company. Bill was a member of the American Legion. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter. Fishing was his passion and he loved passing on his knowledge to his grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandy; children, William (Annette) Leopard and Brandy (John) Young; grandchildren, Joseph (Kayleene) Leopard, Zeth Leopard and Nathan Leopard; great grandchildren, Hailey, Lexie, Ryliegh, Ian and Kiptyn
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christie Leopard; grandchildren, Braeden Leopard and Dakota Roate and his parents
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