The Curry Coastal Pilot

Leonard J. Holsapple, 96, of Brookings, passed away April 4, 2012, at his home.

Leonard was born Jan. 27, 1916, in Divide County, N.D., the oldest of 11 children, to Benjamin and Lavada (Lumsted) Holsapple.

The family moved to Minnesota where Leonard attended school until only the eighth grade when, at the onset of the Great Depression, he was forced to go to work to help support the family. Though a lack of formal education would not stop Leonard from becoming a very learned man in his life, he felt very strongly that his children and grandchildren go to college andndash; all of whom have.

Leonard married Amy Gunderson Oct. 2, 1939, in Brainerd, Minn. The conclusion of World War II found Leonard being drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a POW guard in the Phillipines.

Following an honorable discharge, he returned home and he and Amy moved back to California. He spent most of his career as a millwright and machinist for Collins Products at their Chester, Calif., plant. He and Amy lived in Chester for 62 years. They moved to Grants Pass briefly before moving to Brookings in 2005.

Leonard loved taking care of his garden. Their home in Chester often looked like a park, given the attention Leonard placed in it. He also loved to read. Retirement for Leonard and Amy was traveling around the country visiting different segments of the family. Leonard's pride and joy was his family, to whom he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include Amy Holsapple, his wife of 72 years, of Brookings; daughters Florence Savercool of Brookings and Joy Larsen of Yakima, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law Lester and Sharon Holsapple of Missoula, Mont.; grandchildren Teresa, Scott, Heather, Kate, Jim and John; great-grandchildren Ariel, Crystal, Jonas and Sam; great-great-granddaughter Katelyn.

Leonard was preceded in death by his son-in-law Herbert Savercool; three brothers; and three sisters.

A service will be held at a later date in Chester, Calif.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.