TRAVERSE CITY — Philip Lee Leonard, 86, of Traverse City , died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City.
Phil was born on Monday, March 28, 1927, to the late Cornelius and Ruth (Bennet) Leonard in Nankin Township, near Plymouth, Mich. Following his graduation from Lake Orion High School, Phil entered the U. S. Army, attending Command and General Staff College. He would serve our country as a member of the U. S. Army Military Police in the Army Reserves, retiring in 1988 as a Lieutenant Colonel. On Friday, May 13, 1949, he married the former Jacqueline Hazel Bertram in Lake Orion.
Phil began his working career as a police officer for the City of Detroit in 1949, retiring in 1975. He served as Inspector in charge of the Youth Bureau in Detroit and retired as precinct commander. He then became Chief of Police for the City of Wixom, a position held from 1975 to 1988.
Phil and Jackie traveled for four years and then moved to the Traverse City area in 1991.
A member of The Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, Phil also held membership in the Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge, VFW Cherryland Post 2780 and RSVP. He was an integral member of the Stroke Club, organizing and working with members for many golf outings. Phil enjoyed photography, volunteering for community projects, but most of all enjoyed fixing things for his daughters. Phil was not a person to be in the limelight, but one who worked from his heart. This is a special legacy that he has left for his family.
Family has always been most important to Phil. He is survived by his wife Jackie of 64 years; his daughters, Brenda (George) Freeman of Ludington, Nancy Page of Harrison Twp., Sue (Jim) Lindsay of Ludington, Cyndi (Ed) Harris of Traverse City, and Denise (Joe) Meyers of Freesoil; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet Sala of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and a brother, John (Caroline) Leonard of Leonard, Mich.; along with many nieces and nephews.