Leonard Dean Seward

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Leonard Dean Seward

March 11, 1938 - April 10, 2018

Leonard, "Lennie" Dean Seward Sr., 80, unexpectedly and peacefully went to be with his Lord and Savior at 2:34 am, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at C-U Rehabilitation Unit of Champaign Urbana Nursing & Rehab, Savoy.
Services will be held at Meadowbrook Church, 1902 S. Duncan Rd., Champaign. Visitation is 2-5 pm, Sunday, April 15. Memorial service is at 10:00 am, Monday, April 16.
Leonard was born March 11, 1938 in Effingham, the son of Roll and Goldia Osborn Seward.
He married Nancy Walker-Heer October 18, 1997. She survives.
Also surviving are his children Leonard Dean (Iwona) Seward of Liyle; Deanna (Robert) Mool of Springfield; Shari (Jeff) Lintner of Wake Forest, NC. Grandchildren Leonard Dean Seward III, Champaign; Airman First Class Colin Seward, Gunter AFB, Montgomery, AL; Cody Seward, Basic Training, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX; Hayley Seward, Savoy; Olivia Seward, Lisle; Annelise, Samantha, & Allison Mool, Springfield; Sharon & Michael Lintner, Wake Forest, NC; Sister, Delores Berry, Mundelein; sister-in-law Diana Whitt, Savoy; brother-in-law John (Mary Beth) Walker, Chandler, AZ; Nephews Larry (Anne) Berry, Davenport, FLA & Todd (Debbie) Whitt, Savoy; nieces, Debbie Berry Schroh, Mundelein, Emily & Sarah Walker, Chandler, AZ; great nephews Jonathan Schroh, Mundelein & Cade Whitt, Savoy; great niece Mindy Berry (Michael) Tonderault, Pinellas Park, FLA.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Croft Seward, parents Roll and Goldia Seward, & sister Rose Lee Runner.
Leonard graduated from Effingham High School, 1957, where he participated in football, basketball, & track, & having lots of "fun times" with classmates.
His junior year he joined the Army National Guard of Illinois, Co F, 130th Infantry & was honorably discharged August 1957 to enlist in the US Army. After ballistic missiles & nuclear weapons training in New Mexico & Alabama, he was assigned to the 91st Ordinance Co., 371.10 BM Guidance and Control and sent overseas. He was honorably discharged in 1960. Leonard was a proud veteran often wearing his Army veteran cap. When often thanked for his service, he would respond, "The honor was mine." He was very proud of the recent Air Force enlistments of twin grandsons Colin & Cody.
DeVry Technical Institute, Chicago was his next stop graduating from DTI in 1962. He continued to work in electronics throughout his life at Magnavox Corp. & University of Illinois High Energy Physics Dept. for 23 years. He was owner of Seward Electronics for 50 plus years that he first began in high school repairing radios and sound equipment. In the early 1980s Seward Electronics entered the world of satellite TV installing EchoStar large dish satellite TV and by the mid-1990s Dish Net small dish satellite TV. Leonard retired his business in 2014.
Leonard married Sharon Croft of Effingham, IL October 15, 1961. They moved to Urbana, and later Pesotum, where they raised their three children. Leonard & Sharon actively supported their children's many school activities in the Unity School District. Sharon passed away in 1996 after battling cancer.
Leonard was active in the Champaign County Republican party serving as its Vice Chair from 1978-1983 & 1987-1989; Chair from 1984-1986. Leonard made an unsuccessful bid for State Representative in 1976. He was Pesotum's precinct committeeman from 1968-2000.
A private burial will be held at Arborcrest Memorial Park, Effingham at a later date.
Memorials may be given to Singing Men of 'GNN, Great News Radio PO Box 550 Fisher, IL 61843-0550 or Meadowbrook Church 1902 S. Duncan, Champaign, 61822.
Published on April 14, 2018
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Sunday 15 Apr

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Meadowbrook Community Church

1902 South Duncan Road, Champaign, IL, USA

Funeral service

Monday 16 Apr

10:00 AM

Meadowbrook Community Church

1902 South Duncan Road, Champaign, IL, USA


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