Leonard Ivan Backman
Mar 26, 1922 – Nov 30, 2016
Leonard Ivan Backman
Leonard Ivan Backman was born March 26, 1922 in Bismarck, ND and passed away November 30, 2016 in Renton, WA at the age of 94. Leonard grew up on a farm in Wilton, ND and learned the value of hard work at a young age. He served as a Technical Sergeant in the Army during WWII in New Guinea and the Philippines, and was on his way to Japan when the war ended. He then married his high school sweetheart, Adeline Waddington, who had waited 39 months for him to come home. They worked on the family farm for a while before coming out to the Seattle area. Leonard worked for 36 years at the Public Health Hospital in Seattle as the groundskeeper. He took much pride in his job, receiving awards for his work and even being flown to Washington DC to be recognized and receive the “Administrator’s Award for Excellence”. Upon his retirement, Mayor Royer signed a proclamation declaring it “Leonard Backman Day” in Seattle. Leonard continued to enjoy running his own lawn care business after retirement for several years. He was a faithful worker at his church, teaching, leading singing, working as the treasurer and serving for many years on the board. He worked countless hours helping to build the new church. He always enjoyed hard work and was always ready to help someone with any task. Leonard is survived by his brother Ray (Marge) Backman, two daughters Donna Lombardi and Cindy (Kevin) Sheely, grandson Darren (Michelle) Lombardi, granddaughter Kaylen Sheely, two great-grandsons, Brian, and Emory, and a great-granddaughter Ashlyn. Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Adeline, his brother Myron and grandson Douglas. Visitation Friday December 9th from 2:00 - 5:00pm, with the Funeral Service Saturday, December 10th at 11:00am, all at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd., SeaTac WA 98188.
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