Leland W. Reedy

Leland W. Reedy, 90, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at his home in Neodesha surrounded by his loving family.

Leland was born Oct. 16, 1928, to Wayne and Iva (Bickham) Reedy.

He graduated from Neodesha High School in 1947.

He served in the Army as a sergeant from November 1950 to December 1956. While serving he was a cartographer in the Korean War.

Leland married the love of his life, Ladonna Lee Burlingame, on May 26, 1954, at the First Assembly of God Church in Parsons. They made their home in Neodesha. In 1959 they welcomed their daughter, Kimberly. He worked as a body and fender restorer for Otis Smith Auto Body.

Leland served for a short time as a police officer in 1954 and also a volunteer firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in October 1954, then in May 1966 he became the assistant fire chief. On Sept. 1, 1969, he was promoted to fire chief. While fire chief he helped promote the 911 system, which was first used on Feb. 1, 1972, on the aerosol explosion. He became an EMT and ambulance director in 1980, serving until his retirement on April 14, 1989. He was also an original member of the Southeast Kansas Fire Chiefs Association.

Leland became a member of the Presbyterian Church in 1962.

He was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 94, A.F.&A.M., in Neodesha in 1961. Leland was initiated and passed in December 1961, raised in 1962, was named worshipful master in 1972, district deputy in 1978 and past master in 1981. He coached numerous members of the lodge.

His passions was target shooting, gun collecting, ammo reloading and being a member of the NRA. He received his concealed carry permit in 2008. His other hobbies were woodworking, drawing, word searches, gardening, yard work, fishing, hunting and camping.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ladonna, of the home; his daughter, Kimberly Stone of Neodesha; two grandchildren, Wendy Stone and Dustin Stone, both of Neodesha; and two great-grandchildren, Brittanie Stone of Chanute and Donald Rhodes II of Erie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; and a great-great-grandson, Branden Lee Rhodes.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Neodesha Fire Department. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time at the fire department.


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