Clinton J. Leon

Clinton (Clint) Leon, age 87, died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, on April 1, 2020. He was born March 10, 1933, in McPherson, Kansas, the son of Arthur Leon and Ruth Lundberg Leon.

Mr. Leon graduated from McPherson High School in 1951. He attended Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and Bethany College before serving in the U.S. Army, 16 months of that time in Korea. He returned to K.S.T.C., where he met Jo Berends. They were married on December 27, 1956, in Friend, Kansas. They both taught art in Arkansas City, Kansas. He also attended Wichita State University, Western State College of Gunnison, Colorado, Fort Hays Kansas State College, where he earned an M.S. in Art, and the University of Kansas. He taught art in the Arkansas City, Kansas public school system, at Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, and Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence.

He was a member of local, state and national art and education associations. Clint and Jo exhibited their artwork in local and regional exhibits. He was a 4-H photography project leader on the Eudora and Kanza 4-H clubs and coached his sons’ Little League teams. He was a member of the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 where he volunteered for a number of duties including the rifle squad for many years.

Clint’s devoted wife Jo preceded him in death on February 7, 2001 and brother, Eugene, Concordia, Kansas, on May 30, 2017. Survivors include a daughter, Sienna of Lawrence, Kansas; two sons, Sven (Christine), Portland, Oregon, and Lars (Devonne) of Lawrence; four granddaughters Jordyn Leon, Kyra Leon, Ryleigh Leon, Marina Profeti, and a grandson Trystan Leon; and sister-in-law, Jean Leon , Concordia.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Burial will be at Gate (Oklahoma) Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14, or a charity of the donor’s choice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, Kansas, 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Kerry Cuny...

Lars & family-Sending our condolences to you. Your Mother & Father were always the greatest fans of the Haskell Indians! They attended all sporting events, screamed the fight song, and even dressed up as clowns in our Homecoming parades. They were such an inspiration to us all. Keep those wonderful memories with you and may they bring you comfort. God Bless-Frances Girty, Stephen Girty, and Kerry Girty-Cuny.

From bj wahnee...

i am so sorry to hear about mr. leon…we worked in the art department at haskell for many years…i have good memories of him and jo…he was a good person … a person of true heart…i remember his smile and his lunch heating on the kiln..thoughts and prayers to all during this time

From Nancy Hawkins...

Lars, I’m so sorry to read about your father’s death. Your father and my Alan also shared the same birthday except for the year. I know you will miss your father as much as I miss Alan. You and your family have my sympathy and love.

From Francis Hendricks...

Clint was a great friend to me in a time when I needed hospitality because of our move from the area. My work was still in Eudora but we lived in Abilene. Clint opened his home to me so I could spend several nights a week with him and not need to make the long commute every day. Clint and I shared many evenings over a two year plus period with a meal, some visiting,maybe a television show. He also shared his collection of Don Coldsmith books for me to read. I read the whole Spanish Bit Saga during that time. Clint was also very generous with his time and gave me some tours of interesting art in the area. I know he had wonderful family support during the years since his wife died. Prayers and good wishes to Clint’s family during these days of transition as you make plans and celebrate his life.

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