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Arthur J. Leenerman

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  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "MAHOMET — Arthur L. Leenerman, 95, of Mahomet passed away on Monday (Nov. 4, 2019) at Heritage Health in Gibson City.
    Funeral services will be at noon Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Guests are invited to attend a short celebration of Arthur’s life at the fellowship hall at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sibley following the burial. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the funeral home.
    Arthur was born July 5, 1924, in Sibley, a son of Alonzo Louis and Ida Brucker Leenerman. He married Ethel L. Bryant on July 26, 1969, in Champaign. They were married 47 years. She preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2016. Arthur is survived by his son, Gregory (Susan) Leenerman of Broomfield, Colo., and his sister, Marilyn Gudenrath of Normal. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Emma Leenerman of Grand Junction, Colo., and Kristen Leenerman of Seattle; grandsons, Jason Eaton and Ryan Cooper, both of Palmetto, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren. His stepdaughter, Cynthia Coope,r preceded him in death.
    He is additionally survived by many cherished nieces, nephews and friends as well as 317 shipmates from the USS Indianapolis. Special thanks to niece Deb Steinman and friend Greg Bauman for their special support to Arthur as his health failed him.
    Arthur served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the heavy cruiser, USS Indianapolis. He was a Radarman 3 class. Arthur survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the closing days of the war. He was one of only 317 sailors who survived the sinking and spent four and a half days adrift in the sea before being rescued. Arthur was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during the sinking and his ordeal in the sea."

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