William Travis Leonard, Jr., 20 who was born on June 26, 1995, was tragically taken from this world on January 24, 2016 along with his beautiful daughter, Taylor Gene LeAnn Leonard, 6 months, in an automobile accident. On June 30, 2015, when Taylor was born, in Clinton, Mo., changed TJ’s life. Even at only 6 months old, Taylor had touched SO many hearts. Being a great husband to his beautiful wife, Katrice, and a great provider became his main mission in life. TJ had a special place in his heart for his Grandparents, Bill and Barbara Leonard. He spent a lot of time with them as a child and lived with them as a young boy through his high school years. He credited them a great deal for the straight and narrow road that he knew to be the right way. He was preceded in death by Grandmother, Barbara Leonard. TJ attended school in Appleton City, Mo. and transferred to El Dorado Springs, Mo. where he graduated from in 2014. There he met and fell in love with his wife, Katrice. They were married on October 24, 2015 in Chilhowee, Mo. where they were building their lives together. Taylor loved to watch the moon and stars lights her parents had gotten for her and also seeing her bottle being made would put her in such a happy mood. She was very ticklish but could still make grumpy faces just like her Daddy, and eating peaches was one of her favorite things. TJ went by many names such as Travis, TJ, Billy T., Little T., Hubby and Daddy.
His love of family, fishing, hunting, lottery tickets, his cell phone, and his close friends are just a few of the things he enjoyed. He was an excellent welder, even though he never attended a welding school.
TJ worked at Sthales Manufacturing in Kingsville, Mo. as a castor. He was formerly employed by Barrington, Mfg. of El Dorado Springs, Mo. and KFC in Nashville, Tn.
They leave to mourn them: William Travis Leonard, Jr.: Wife, Katrice, of the home; Father, William Travis (Terry) Leonard, Sr., of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; Mother, Denise Davis, of Windsor, Mo.; Grandparents, Bill Leonard, of El Dorado Springs, Mo.; Claudia Hooper of Ft. Scott, Ks.; Catherine (Rob) Atwell, of Rockville, Mo., Dennis and Fran Davis, of Tx; and siblings, Brandon Leonard, Christen Groschulp, and Nellie Dresch-Leonard.
Taylor Gene LeAnn Leonard: Mother, Katrice Leonard; Grandparents, Travis (Terry) Leonard of El Dorado Springs, Mo.,; Denise Davis, of Windsor, Mo.; Anne (Zeke) Roble, of Nashville, Tn.; Great Grandparents, Bill Leonard, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., Claudia Hooper, of Ft. Scott, Ks., Dennis and Fran Davis, of Tx; Kathy Scheier, of Warsaw, Mo.; and Aunts, Uncles and Cousins too numerous to mention.