Funeral services for Leonard H. Monroe, 86, of Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at St. Luke AME Church in Lawrence. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. He passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home.
Leonard was born September 6, 1931 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Walter and Elizabeth (Watts) Monroe.
Leonard served his country as a member of the United States Air Force for 23 years, during both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During his time in the service, he was stationed in Okinawa, Europe, Vietnam, and later New Mexico, where he met his future wife, Jackie (Kilgore). He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant.
Upon retiring from the Air Force, Leonard moved back home to Lawrence, and served as the Superintendent of Vehicle Maintenance for the City of Lawrence for 23 years, until he retired in 2000.
He was an active member of the St. Luke AME Church and was member of Western Star Masonic Lodge #1. He was also the president of the Elsie Randolph Scholarship fund.
Survivors include: six children — Michael Leonard Monroe (Jerlyn) Lawrence, KS; LeAnette E. Sutter (William) Overland Park, KS; Linda E. Monroe, Washington, D.C.; Darryl R. Monroe, Atlanta, GA; Doria N. Hamm (Brandon) Overland Park, KS; Maria R. Monroe, Washington, D.C.; nine grandchildren — Abby, Olivia, Caitlin, Christian, Haley, Luke, Evonna, Sebastian, Braxton; one great-grandson; one sister — Mary Winborn, Detroit, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Alice, Levita, and Edna, and three brothers, William, Raymond, and Waldo “Bud”.
The family will greet friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
Memorial Contributions may be made in his name to St. Luke AME Church and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.