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Leonard W. Warden

Leonard William “Worm” Warden, 91, of New Athens, IL, born October 1, 1927 in E. St. Louis, IL, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at Jefferson Barracks Medical Center in St. Louis, MO.  Mr. Warden honorably served his country during WW2 as a member of the United States Navy. He was a retired truck driver.

Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Clarice (Callahan) Warden who passed away on March 23, 1995, his parents; William and Helen (Geller) Warden, 1 daughter; Karla Thies, 1 grandson; Bryan McBride, 2 sisters Virginia Modglin and Dorothy Kramer, 2 sisters-in-law and 1 brother-in-law.

“Worm”, as he was affectionately known, is survived by his daughter; Cheryl (Michael) Schanuel of New Athens, IL, his special brother; L.R. “Pete” Warden of New Athens, IL with whom he was inseparable, 1 sister; Geraldine (Herbert)  Delehanty of St. Charles, MO, 1 granddaughter; Nicole (Jeff) Schwahn, who was the only one he would listen to when he was ill and was with him throughout his illness, and 1 great granddaughter; Bryanne McBride who was the apple of his eye. 1 special niece; Carol (Gary) Rocca of Cadiz, KY where he and brother Pete would often visit and go for boat rides on the lake and were always treated to steaks.  He and Pete got similar treatment from special nephew Herbie (Sylvia) Delehanty of Verona, Wisconsin when they traveled up north.  He is also survived by his other dear nieces and nephews; Janet and Joseph Delehanty, Nancy (David) Hoffman, Marian (Gerry) Davis), Sherry Kramer, Fred (Brenda) Keck and Clinton (Carla) Keck, Steve (Judy) Yawites and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family urges that donations in Leonard’s honor be made to the Belleville Humane Society, St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL or to the donor’s choice.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL

Funeral: Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairview Heights, IL.

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


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  1. Clilnt and Carla Keck says:

    We have many fond memories of playing cards with you and Clarice. Our condolences to your family and friends.

  2. Amanda Huffman says:

    You’re sure going to be missed Wormy you sure was a great man always made me laugh and cheered me up….Heaven gained an Angel…My condolences to your Family & Friends.

  3. Maggie Glaus says:

    You will be greatly missed my friend. I hope they have Pineapple upside down cake in heaven. Love Ya Wormy. My condolences to his family.

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