|Paul A. Leng, age 86, of Victoria, Illinois, died at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg, Illinois. He was born on March 5, 1924 in Oneida, Illinois, the son of Robert N. and Mary C. Rice Leng. He married Lois Hanson in Galesburg, Illinois in 1946.
Surviving are one daughter, Barbara (Ian) Edwards of Memphis, Tennessee; two granddaughters, Mairi Albertson of Memphis, Tennessee and Kirsten Griffy of Home Springs, Missouri; two great grandchildren, Maya and Ian and several nieces and nephews including Ruth Ann and Jim McNaught of Victoria, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Robert, Bill, and Raymond "Abe"; and four sisters: Ruth, Evelyn, Laura Jean and Betty.
He was raised and educated in Rio and Victoria, Illinois graduating from Victoria High School in 1942. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and served until 1945 during World War II. He participated in the Consolidation of the Southern Solomon Islands, action at Bougainville, BSI, capture and occupation of Guam and the capture of Iwo Jima. On his birthday in 1945 he was put aboard a hospital ship with malaria and was sent back to Guam. A month later he was shipped backed to the United States stopping at Pearl Harbor on April 15, 1945 the day President Roosevelt died. He was discharged on October 5, 1945. He moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1951 and worked as a self-employed carpenter and construction superintendent for 40 years, later he moved back to Victoria in 1999. He was member of the Carpenters Union Local 360 of Galesburg, Illinois and the Charles A Warrensford American Legion Post # 726 of Victoria, Illinois. He was of the Methodist faith.
He loved golf and was a member of the PGA Association.
Graveside Memorial Services will be held at a later date at the Victoria Cemetery in Victoria, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Charles A. Warrensford American Legion Post # 726 of Victoria, Illinois. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory of Knoxville, Illinois in charge of arrangements.
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