Major Leonard Harvey Mapes USMC - Retired born on May 16 1922 at Detroit Mercy Hospital. At age 89 Leonard passed away on August 28 2011 at Otterbein Retirement Community Lebanon Ohio where both he and his wife have lived for the past six years. Leonard is survived by his beloved wife of over 67 years Dora Jean Mapes; three sons Richard (Robin) Robert (Christine) and Randall (Penny); seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Leonard served his country as a decorated Officer in the United States Marine Corp as a Pilot in WWII and Korean War. As a graduate of Central Michigan University following his retirement from the "Corps" Leonard devoted much of his time to his family church and career as a defense contractor for General Dynamics. Leonard was well known throughout the Detroit aviation community as a flight instructor and chief pilot with over 24000 flight hours and was a life member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was an active member of the Troy Historical Society Rochester Lions Club and a 33rd degree Mason. Leonard was a true Marine aviator who proudly hallowed the Corps' rituals and its unbending code of honor and truly represented the Corps' Semper Fidelis. He loved the Corps his family friends and the many Marines that he touched throughout his life. Gifts can be forwarded to the Otterbein Retirement Community - Lebanon "Benevolent Care Program" at 585 N. State Route 741 Lebanon Ohio 45036.
Published in Daily Tribune on September 4 2011.
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