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Leo Edward Kimbrough

August 1, 1919 ~ July 17, 2018 (age 98)

Leo Edward Kimbrough, 98, of Warsaw, passed away on July 17, 2018, at the Quincy Veteran’s Home in Quincy, Illinois.

Leo was born on August 1, 1919, in Denver, Illinois, the son of Oliver Clone and Velma Marie (Starr) Kimbrough. In June of 1954, he was united in marriage to Virginia Lee Happs at the Methodist Church in Warsaw, Illinois, by Reverend J. E. Van Dyke. Leo served in the Air Force during World War II as an airplane mechanic. He was to be deployed overseas, but came down with acute appendicitis. The illness saved his life, as the plane he was supposed to be on was shot down and all aboard were killed. He was then put in charge of the Air Force Post Office on base.  

After his service he became a union carpenter and spent many years working for various companies such as Rellis High, R. L. Patton and Barnes and many others. He loved working with wood and made things for the home and built his own garage. He also loved to garden.

Leo is survived by his wife Virginia Kimbrough of Warsaw, Illinois; his sister Betty Vincent of Fort Madison, Iowa; four nieces and one nephew.

Leo is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leon and his sister Lois Jones.

Private graveside services will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Hamilton.

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