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Leonard Milton Schaffner, age 98 of Sidney, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Wilson Health Hospital. He was born October 17, 1920 in Washington Township, Ohio to father Delmer Schaffner and mother Bonnie (Brown) Schaffner. He married the love of his life, Viola Emma Schellenberg on February 23, 1946 and she preceded him in death on August 12, 1991.
Leonard is survived by children Charlene (Terry) Echols of Sidney, Regina Long of Greenville, Bill Schellenberg of Sidney, Ben (Michelle) Schellenberg of Piqua. He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Gillespie. He is survived by daughter-in-law Linda Gillespie of Sidney; sister Virginia Valentine of Botkins; 14 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Forest, Orville, Vernon, Harold, Virgil. He is survived by his loving furry companion, Midnight, who was always faithfully by his side.
Leonard proudly served in the U.S. Army in WWII in the Philippines and Guadalcanal. He was a member of the VFW Post 4239. He attended Sidney First United Methodist Church and was a retired farmer. He was president of the Shelby County Horse Shoe Association and the tournament was named after him as the Leonard Schaffner Invitational. He enjoyed playing Yatzee, horse racing, going to festivals and fairs, and fishing. For three years he rode in the pace car at the Dayton Raceway. One of his best memories was when he rode on the back of his grandson, Don Mumford’s, Harley Davidson to escort the Vietnam Wall Memorial. He also rode on a Harley Davidson for a motorcycle rodeo in Chuck Gillespie’s memory. He cherished his family very much and will be greatly missed.
Family and friends may call Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, Ohio, 45365. Viewing will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM with Pastor David Chivington officiating services at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Shelby Memory Gardens with full military honors by Sidney American Legion Post 217 and the United States Army of Fort Knox, Kentucky.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shelby County Veteran’s Office in Leonard’s memory. Condolences may be expressed online at theadamsfuneralhome.com.