Otto Leonard

LEONARD, Otto Clifford, 69, of Bellaire, died Monday, May 2, 2011.

He was born March 24, 1942, son of the late James H. and Loretta McFarland Leonard.

Otto was a U.S. Army veteran having served in Germany during the Berlin Crisis and in Vietnam as a combat veteran, being awarded 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for bravery.

He was a strong but gentle man, a hero in more ways than one. He was co-owner and coach of the Big-O’s softball team, a member of the St. Clairsville Ruritan, being active in their fundraisers, and antique cars were his hobby.

He was a member of the Classy Chassis Car Club of St. Clairsville and loved displaying his beloved 1968 Dodge Polara custom pickup.

He was dearly loved by his family and his many friends and he will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother James R. Leonard.

Surviving is his wife Melissa, daughters; Cara Beth of the home, Crissie Leonard, Carrie (Gino) Alampi, both of Columbus, Tillie (John) Moore of New Haven, W.Va., stepdaughter, Cheri Gray of Clarington, son Billy Leonard of New Haven, stepsons, Ryan and Jordan Ruthers of Columbus and Danny Gray of Bellaire, brothers; Tom (Pat) Leonard of Fairpoint, Bill (Loretta) Leonard of Martins Ferry, Mike (Sandy) Leonard, and John (Jeanie) Leonard both of Bellaire, sisters; Patty (Junior) Massey, Rose (Jim) Runyan both of Bellaire, Linda Shell of Kentucky, Judy Warner of Buchannon, W.Va., stepgrandchildren, Aryia, Ava, Marcella, Tate and Ellie and many nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at Bauknecht Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory, 441-37th St., Bellaire where services are Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. with Father Thomas Graven officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Bellaire. Belmont County Council will conduct military services on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. and Combat Veterans Support Group will conduct services at 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Classy Chassis Car Club. Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyer.com.