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Dennis Leemon

Dennis Leemon

Dennis W. Leemon, 74, of Sparta, IL; born on June 14, 1945; passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

Mr. Leemon was a farmer and a coal miner.  He was a member of the UMWA.  Dennis loved farming and tending to his animals.  Most of all he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Eugene and Oleta, nee Wilkie, Leemon.

He is survived by his wife – Brenda, nee Lilly, Leemon whom he married on July 4, 1964 at Wildy Church in New Athens, IL.  His children – Lisa (Richard) Zweigart of Evansville, IL; Kevin (Alexess) Leemon of Marissa, IL.  His grandchildren – Allana Lehde; Alexandrea (Daniel) Nelson; Oliva Leemon; Joshua Leemon; Nathan Leemon; Ruby Leemon.  His great-grandchildren – Logan Lehde; Lilyan Lehde; Jada Nelson; Dani Nelson and a great-grandson who is expected soon.  Also survived by one sister – Gayle Sinn of Marissa, IL.

Memorials may be made to the Marissa FFA Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at the Leemon Farm at 10329 County Road 18 in Sparta, IL on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at the Leemon Farm at 10329 County Road 18 in Sparta, IL on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00pm with Rev. Dr. Donald Wagner officiating.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


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  1. janet (cavaness) braun says:

    Brenda and family, I just learned of your lost. You have my deepest sympathy.

  2. Kathy Cunningham says:

    My condolensces to the Leemon family. I pray that Our Heavenly Father will give you strength to get you through these hard times and comfort you with his love and peace of mind. May God Bless and Keep You.

  3. Tom & Karen wright says:

    Dennis was a good friend co-worker had a lot of good times working with him at the farm on the tractors will be missed greatly so long

  4. Judy Stahlheber says:

    Brenda and Family. So sorry to read of the passing of Dennis. May he rest in peace.

  5. Tim and Sara Campbell says:

    To Dennis’ family,

    Our deepest sympathies to you all on the passing of Dennis. We “grew” up together as our mothers were close friends. While it’s been years since I last saw him, I can still recall childhood events that bring a smile. May your memories of him give you the peace and comfort to sustain you in your grief.

  6. James Rusher says:

    Brenda, Helen and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Dennis. He will be remembered by us along with others as a fine man.
    Our prayers of comfort and encouragement for you and your family in your hour of need.

  7. Barb and John Sahrhage says:

    Brenda and family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss of Dennis. Prayers for all.

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  9. Jerry and Debbie Phelps says:

    May the Lord ease your sorry!

  10. Mike Anderson says:

    Kevin, Gayle, and Lee I am so sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. My deep sympathy to you and all the family.

  11. George Bailey says:

    My heart is so heavy, I have lost a friend that I have had all my life, I keep thinking about the times we would ride our bikes down the road to Grandpa Wilkie’s farm then we would race back to Teet & Gene’s, he would always win .

    My heart goes out to all the family, he will be missed, thank God he is at peace now….

  12. Kaitlin Ross Wilson says:

    Leemon Family,

    We are sadden to hear of Dennis passing. I have many memories as a child of visiting your farm and your family visiting ours. My grandparents Jack and Irene Ross and father Jackie thought a lot of Dennis. Sending lots of love and prayers to you.

  13. Amanda Cox - Bachman says:

    Dear Leemon family:
    I’m very saddened to hear of Dennis’s passing. I have fond memories of my Dad (Rick) bringing us to your farm when we were kids. We always looked forward to seeing the huge cows when we came back to Marissa to visit.
    I also remember the time Dennis came East for a tractor or something related to tractors, and got to visit with us in Pennsylvania for a couple days.
    I know my Dad greatly valued his friendship with Dennis, and looked forward to seeing him each time he returned to Marissa.
    Please know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Much love and comfort to you all.
    Godspeed Dennis, May you Rest In Peace.

  14. Denise Vuichard says:

    Kevin and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. My sympathy to all

  15. Don & Eloise Kueker says:

    So sorry for your loss. You have a special angel watching over you now.

  16. Rick and Diane Cox says:

    Brenda and family, there are no words that we can say to express how very sad we are to hear about Dennis. Rick truly enjoyed working on the farm for you and you both became very special to him. There were many times that we would transport beef back to PA on our trip home. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and Dennis will never be forgotten. ❤️❤️

  17. Diane Kinzel says:

    Dennis was always super nice to us, talked and visited whenever we ran into him anywhere. Our condolences to his whole family.

  18. Helen McCloskey says:

    Sorry for the loss of your brother. Always difficult. 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  19. Cathy Sinn-Flowers says:

    Gayle, Lee, and Jay,
    So sorry about the passing of your brother and uncle. May he Rest In Peace.

  20. Family Hijink says:

    So sorry to hear this. Our condolances. We will always remember his smile and kind heart.

  21. Phil and Toni Hoehner says:

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers.

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