In Memory of

Alma Jean Leonard

October 22, 1930 - July 23, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA

    Alma was born on October 22, 1930, the daughter of Phil Jacob and Luella Dorothea (Witter) Wilmot in Boyer Valley, Iowa. She grew up in Cherokee and graduated from Wilson High School in 1950. Alma was a drum majorette in the band, worked at Woolworth’s, and loved to go roller skating. It was at the roller rink in Cherokee where she met her love, Amos Arnold Leonard. They married on July 16, 1950, and settled in the Washta area.

    Together, they were members of the Washta United Methodist Church, their neighborhood card club, served as Scout leaders, and loved to go polka dancing.

    As a farmer’s wife, Alma cared for their growing family and the many chores that come with running a farm. Over the years, she worked various jobs to supplement the family income. Alma was a talented cake decorator, making many beautiful cakes for weddings, birthdays and other life events. She was also a sales consultant for Merri-Mac, the “sample lady” at several grocery stores, and later worked as a cook at Countryside Estates.

    In retirement, Amos and Alma moved to Cherokee in 1990, and eventually to Autumn Park. She always stayed busy with her family and friends. She was everyone’s “Grandma” no matter where she went. Alma was quite the socialite at Autumn Park where she lived for many years, always planning a potluck or menu for the next holiday.

    Her family will treasure her embroidered dish towels, and will smile knowing there are many puzzles out there missing a piece that she kept just so she could always be the person to finish it. Alma’s unconditional love and compassion will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include her children, Amos “Skip” (Kelly) Leonard, Jr. of Aurelia, Becky (Russ) Lucht of Larrabee, April (Duane) Veit of Odebolt, Clint (Michelle) Leonard of Sioux City, and Jason (Jill) Leonard of Wall, South Dakota; nine grandchildren, Roxanne (Chris) Samsel, Jacob (Ethan Olson) Wittrock, Christie (Mike) Kolpin, Rhonda Westeen, Andrea Leonard, Jared (Gena) Leonard, Cody (Rani Vaughn) Leonard, Jordan Leonard, and Justin Leonard; and many great and great great grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Amos Leonard, Sr.; and siblings, Dean Wilmot, Allen “Buck” Wilmot, Donna Gadke, Dale Wilmot, and Delia “DeeDee” Clayton.

    Please share your love and memories with Alma’s family on her obituary page at

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Please bring a mask and practice social distancing during the service.
Pastor Larry Ostercamp
Jacob Wittrock
Scott Greenman
Cody Leonard
Austin Kolpin
Catherine Kolpin
Ryan Kolpin
Visitation will be held from 11:00-1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
"If There's a Phone in Heaven"
"In The Garden"
Grandview Cemetery
Quimby, Iowa


Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 2:55 PM
“Alma believed in us when we didn't believe in ourselves. She had the strength of 10.”
- Bart
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“I met both Alma and Amos when they lived on Roosevelt Ave. for many years across from me. Not long after I moved into the neighborhood I was introduced to their garage sale tradition. I remember the first few times I heard them working as they set up their garage sale on a Saturday morning, not sure what time it was, but the porch light was on. I soon volunteered to help set up and joined the fun. They worked hard, but had fun doing it. For those that did not get to attend, the Leonard family had card tables lining both sides of their sidewalk. If those card tables could talk. The cars would be parked for blocks, people walking for the opportunity to look for a treasure. Business was good, nearly no one walked away empty handed.
I quickly learned if one adult child arrived the rest were on their way. I watched Amos and Alma enjoy their family most weekends no matter if they were doing yard work, trimming trees, painting or adults throwing the football with Jared Leonard and Cody Leonard. Even though they had a houseful and yard full, they welcomed others at the drop of a hat; the swing was a bustle of giggles and news. They were missed when they sold their home and moved. Now those times have changed yet again with Alma’s death, but it is for all who remain to embrace those fond memories and carry the torch. I am so grateful to have known both Amos and Alma and all their children and grandchildren. You all are dear to me and you have my sympathies, I watched how much you loved each other and know this is hard. May God comfort each one of you in a special way!
- Jolene Schumacher
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“This was a beautiful lady she blessed many people in her life . I will never forget her even when she was ill herself she got out to see my dad when he was very ill. She will be missed by many . ”
- Jenny Leight
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“Sorry to hear about your loss Alma was a sweetheart loved her dearly she will be deeply missed, my heart is with all of you.”
- Ashley Meyer
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“I worked with Alma years ago, she was one of my favorite people to come and visit with. So very sorry to hear of her passing! She was one of the sweetest ladies. RIP Alma!”
- Amber B
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“Becky, april, cliff and the rest i do not know your names . My heart goes out to you all at this time ! I will keep you all in prayer ”
- cheri brockett
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“Wow, what's to say about such a wonderful Aunt. So many memories and things Jason and I did (that we won't share here). Being on the farm every summer was such a great time for me. Alma Jean was always such a great woman she always was cooking something and always yelling at Clint or Skip to take out the trash and burn it. (Which I always wanted to but was to young I guess) Then always towards the end of my time there she would jump into that old 3 in the tree truck have us picking sweet corn the go and sell it in town. Always stopping to get us an old fashioned fountain soda in Washta.
You your loved and will be missed by many. ”
- Art & Nancy Clayton with Amber, Daniel and Miller
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“I am so sorry for your family’s loss she was such a neat lady to work with and spend time with, she always had a smile on her face whenever you saw her she will be missed by many ”
- Brenda Parker
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“So many of my best childhood memories are at the Leonard house, especially for Jason's birthday. It was one of the big events of the year, not far behind Halloween or Christmas in importance. I never felt homesick, because Mrs. Leonard treated us like her own family. We loved to try and make her laugh, and her smile lit up the room. She was one of the kindest people I've ever known. She will be greatly missed. ”
- Luke Perrin
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