Robert â€œBennyâ€ Leonard, 65, of Cumberland, passed away at 5:28 am on Monday January 18, 2010 at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Zanesville.
Benny was born March 16, 1944 in Zanesville to the late Carey and Mary Frances Careins Leonard. He was a heavy equipment operator for Sidwell Brothers retiring in 1991. He attended the Cumberland United Methodist Church and was a former member of the Cumberland Fire Dept., former Spencer Township Trustee, and a member of the United Mine Workers Local 1604.
He is survived by his wife Charlotte Huff Leonard whom he married November 3, 1963. One son, Bret (Susan) Leonard of Cumberand. Four daughters Carla Jo Wickham of Cumberland, Susan M Cross of Cumberland, Kerri (Rex) Rhinehart of Cumberland, and Mary (Kevin) Chaffin of Cumberland; his brother Timothy (Carol) Leonard of Cumberland and a sister Judy (Bob) Hurley of Fallsburg; his 12 grandchildren Duell Leonard, Amber, Nicole, Nickolai and Charli Jo Wickham, Blake and Brittany Cross, Shelby and Sidney Rhinehart, Allison Wheeler and Kylee and Bailey Chaffin and a great Grandson Kacen Benjamin Wheeler.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by infant twin sisters and a brother, Beryl (Bill) Leonard and a sister, Betty West.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 Wednesday at the Tom & Farus Funeral Home in Cumberland. The funeral service will be at 1 pm on Thursday at the Cumberland United Methodist Church with the Rev Keith Taylor officiating and burial will follow in Cumberland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cumberland Vol. Fire and EMS, or to the Cumberland United Methodist Church or to the Cumberland Buffalo Presbyterian Church.