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ALVIN - Leonard Ronald Sroufek, 85, of Alvin, passed away at 2:36 p.m. February 25, 2018, at the Illiana VA Medical Center in Danville, Ill.
Leonard was born August 1, 1932, the son of Albert and Elizabeth (Dusak) Sroufek in Chicago.
Leonard married his soulmate, Beverly Beddow, on August 23, 1952, in Chicago. She preceded him in death on January 20, 2013.
Survivors include four sons, Michael (Suzi West) Sroufek Sr., Ronald (Jean) Sroufek, Leonard Sroufek Jr., and George (Angi Verdeyen) Sroufek, all of Alvin; grandchildren, Michael Jr., Brooke, Josh, Dan, Elizabeth, Nick and Amanda; 11 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Lawrence Augle; as well as numerous friends in Alvin and many extended family members.
Leonard is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beverly; two brothers, Albert Sroufek Jr. and James Sroufek.
Leonard graduated from Tilden Tech High School in Chicago. He enlisted in the United States Army on April 8, 1952, and served until April 8, 1955. While serving in the Army, he was held as a Prisoner of War in French Indochina (Vietnam) for three months.
Leonard was an iron worker in Chicago before forming Justice Fence with his brothers Albert and James. In 1968, Leonard and his family moved to Alvin and formed Alvin Fence and Farm, which is still in operation today.
Leonard's passion in life was farming and raising cattle, and loved his family dearly, especially taking care of his soulmate, Beverly.
A Celebration of Leonard's life will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Sunset Funeral Home in Danville with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 210 immediately following services. Pastor James Blue will officiate. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home. As per Leonard's wishes, he is to be cremated following the services with burial of his cremains at Mann's Chapel Cemetery in Rossville at a later date.
Memorials may be sent in Leonard's memory to the Illiana VA Medical Center Palliative Care Department, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, IL 61832. Please join Leonard's family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on February 26, 2018
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