Harry Leon McBride, age 81 of Vandalia passed away at 2:35 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012, at the Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia, Mo.
Harry Leon was born December 3, 1930 in Zearing, Iowa the son of Harry Leo and Evaline (Palmer) McBride.
He married Janice Elaine Hoagland on May 31, 1958 at the St. Clement Catholic Church.
Leon had lived and worked for many years in the Vandalia area. After school, he joined the U. S. Marines Corps where he served his country. Just prior to and after his service in the Marines, Leon worked at the International Shoe Factory in Vandalia. In 1958, he started working at White Lumber Yard and after a few years, he went into partnership and purchased the lumber yard in Vandalia. Leon managed the lumber yard until his retirement in 1986. He helped at the Malimore Hunting Resort near Louisiana for several years. After retirement Leon continued to work, painting in homes for many people in Vandalia. He was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia and looked forward to being around family and friends. Leon had many hobbies and enjoyed spending time outdoors and out at the farm. His hobbies included quail hunting, golf, pool and softball. He was an avid Cardinal baseball fan and always looked forward to spending time with his three granddaughters.
Survivors include his wife, Janice of Vandalia; two sons: Darrell McBride of Harrisonville, Mo., H. Bradley McBride and friend, Sharon Herin of Columbia, Mo. and their children, Jessica McBride, Brianna McBride, Megan Owens, Tori Herin, Mati Herin and Andrew Herin; two brothers, twin brother Leo and wife, Carolyn McBride, and Larry McBride all of Vandalia; two sisters: Mary and husband, Dean Andrews of Farber, Delores and husband, Nolan Miller of Bowling Green; also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents and one son, David Wayne McBride.
Visitation will be held Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. until service time at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel with Father Paul Hartley officiating. Kevin Morris, soloist, will provide music.
Interment of his cremains will be in the Vandalia Cemetery at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers include Gary Deppe, Bob Thompson, Daryl Cross, Rick Grant, Dave Strassner and Nolan Miller.
Memorials are encouraged to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia or to the American Cancer Society.