James Leslie Ledford, 87, of Vandalia, Mo., died at 8:27 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
A visitation celebrating James Leslie Ledford was held at 10 – 11 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Waters Funeral Home. Burial in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honor was held following the visitation.
James was born on June 15, 1934, in Vandalia, Mo., the son of Claude and Esther (Dunn) Ledford.
Survivors include one Son, Jim (Mariann) Ledford of Vandalia; two daughters, Suzanne (Dan) Johnson of Mexico, and Ellen (Concepcion) Levya of Louisiana; 10 grandchildren, Andy, Courtney, Sara, James L., Mariah, Joshua, Shaun, Angela, James H., and Travis; and six great grandchildren, Hunter, Raelyn, Katelyn, Madelyn, Gavin, and Able.
His parents; daughter, Sherri Hughes; sister, Shirley Longdon; and grandson, Jason Tyler Ledford, all died earlier.
James honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed Cardinals baseball, hunting and was an avid gun collector. James had a passion for keeping his cars in immaculate condition and looking brand new. His biggest love was his grandchildren and spending time with them.
Pallbearers were Josh Taylor, James L. Ledford, Hunter Burnett, Eric Vaughn, Logan Hultz, and Dan Johnson.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 104 Corporate Lake Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.
Online condolences may be made to the family on James memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com.