Donald Loris Leslie © Enid News and Eagle 09-29-2009 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
A memorial service for Donald Loris Leslie, 79, of Cherokee, will be 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at New Life Assembly of God Church, Cherokee. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Cherokee.
He was born on July 13, 1930, six miles south of Cherokee to Loris A. and Marieta J. Bodenheimer Leslie and died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center, Enid.
He attended Cherokee schools and was a member of First Christian Church. Later in life, he attended the Assem-bly of God Church in Cherokee.
At the age of 17, he joined the Navy during the Korean War and served nine years.
He married Lila June Caywood on June 21, 1952, in Fort Smith, Ark., and he returned to his naval base in Boston. They then moved to Newport, R.I., then Charleston, S.C. He retired from the Navy, and the family moved to a farm near Sand Creek. They then moved to Cherokee in 1964.
He worked in the oil patch as a driller, and after 20 years started Leslie Tree and Lawn Service. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Surviving are his wife, Lila June of Cherokee; his children, Michelle Hudson of Fort Smith, Connie Smith of Cherokee, and Monte Leslie and Rocky Leslie, both of Stillwater; one sister, Colleene LaBreche of Rockaway Beach, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the NRA or American Cancer Association.
Condolences may be made online at www.lanmanmemorials.com.
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