Leon Ray Trenary Jr
Mar 30, 1928 – Nov 21, 2018
Leon Ray Trenary Jr, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2018, at the wonderful age of 90. He was born in Blackwell, OK, on March 30, 1928, to a family of eight children. Leon lived a long, happy life, with story upon story to tell.
Leon spent his early years being raised on an oil field where his family lived, and his parents were employed, and later moved to town when his parents went into the banking business. He served our country in the United States Air Force from 1947 through 1950 and loved to tell stories about his time in boot camp and later at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, where he was stationed. Although he served in peace time, he was always proud of the years he served and wore a large USAF Eagle tattoo on his upper arm to show that pride.
In 1950, after leaving the Air Force, Leon married his sweetheart, Colleen L. Hood, in Braman, OK. They started a family in Great Bend, KS, where he worked for Haliburton Oil and then moved on to Wichita, KS, where he was hired with Boeing. In 1958, when Boeing added jobs to the 727-airplane program in Seattle, he took the opportunity and the family moved to the NW. Once in the NW, he made a job change and went to work for the United States Postal Service where he retired after 30+ years.
Leon had a love of airplanes, cowboy hats, baseball caps, loved country music, tinkering in his yard and garage, and spending time with friends and family. He had a killer smile and had a wit only those who knew him could appreciate. He was a man of faith and was proud that he and Colleen were one of 13 families that founded and built the Federal Way Church of Christ.
Leon was preceded in death by one son, Marklin Ray Trenary, in 2006. He is survived by his wife Colleen, one sister, Judy, of Arkansas City, KS, four children, Terri, Becky, Beverly and Curtis, and 7 grandchildren.
Memorial Donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association
A memorial service will be held, Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:30am at Bonney-Watson Chapel at 1535 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023, followed by interment at Tahoma National Cemetery.
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