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In Memory of James Leonard


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday May 20, 2022
O'Connell Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday May 21, 2022
Gas-Lite Bar and Grill
W8945 US-10
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

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James “Jim” Edward Leonard, age 76, of Ellsworth died unexpectedly on May 16, 2022 while traveling in Iowa. James was born on August 29, 1945 to Myron and Berniece (Sarnstrom) Leonard in Red Wing, MN. He was a lifelong farmer with his brother, father and mother on their more than a century old family farm. James’ life was blessed with two children; Gina and Mike.

Jim was a very proud farmer and spent his whole life caring for the family farm with his brother Jerry. He also enjoyed traveling. Over the years, he had traveled to almost all 50 states being to Alaska a noted thirteen times! Jim also enjoyed children and dogs, they could always put a smile on his face that nothing else could. He was always up for a good “Road Trip” even if that meant driving to another town for ice cream. Jim and his companion Barbara enjoyed going to flea markets, tractor pulls, being part of the FFA Alumni, and being snowbirds for the winter. Jim will be dearly missed by his family and close friends.

Jim is survived by his children: Gina Leonard, and Mike Leonard; grandchildren: Brandon and James Leonard; Great Grandchildren: Arihanna, Adalynn, Landon, Sage, Timothy, and Anthony; companion of 19 years, Barbara LaCroix; mother: Berniece Leonard, brother, Jerry Leonard and nieces: Nicole (Richard) Jalichandra, Jenna (Mike) Spah, and Nicole Stenger; his buddy and beloved dog, Bella. He was preceded in death by his father, Myron Leonard.

A Visitation for James Leonard will be Friday, May 20, 2022 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home 130 N Grant St. Ellsworth, WI 54011. The family will be holding a memorial service privately along with burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Ellsworth. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 12:00pm to 4pm at the GasLite Bar and Grill W8945 US 10, Ellsworth, WI.  Memorials are preferred to the Ellsworth Community Dog Park Project or your local Humane Society.

Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services of Ellsworth.


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  • Thoughts and prayers to Jim’s family and friends. He was such a nice man, he’ll be missed by so many😢
    I use to waitress at The Berg Restaurant in Ellsworth and he’d come in every afternoon for his coffee and talk your ear off 😂 but loved listening to his great stories.

  • Deep sympathy to the entire family. Can’t count the times I’d be out on a walk and here comes Jim driving to the other place and pull up to chat for a minute. He will long be remembered and missed by many. So sorry to learn of his passing.

  • Jim always had a smile when I saw him – such a happy soul will be missed! My heart goes out to the whole family – hugs to all!💞🙏

  • Such a kind hearted man. Always stopped to talk and see how things were going. R.I.P. Jim you will be missed.