She was born in Kosciusko County, Ind., on March 22, 1921, to John and Anna C. (Ulrey) Winger. On Jan. 25, 1941, she married Robert H. Leckrone. He survives.
Leona graduated from Sidney High School in 1939 and attended Manchester College. She was lunch room manager at Sidney School for eight years and later worked at Heckman Bindrey, North Manchester, Ind.
An organist, she played for many years at McKee Mortuary and at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren. She volunteered at Timbercrest Retirement Community for 14 years. Bob and Leona spent their entire lives in Kosciusko County and they were third generation farmers for 60 years on the same family farm. They spent 13 winters in Sebring, Fla. She was a lifelong member of Eel River Community Church of the Brethren.
Also surviving are a son: Tom (Janis) Leckrone, North Manchester; two daughters: Nancy (Richard) Bellows, Carmel, Ind.; and Susan Clark, Silver Lake, Ind.; seven grandchildren: Bobbi (Eric Karwich) Bates, Indinapolis, Ind.; Danna (Daryl) Cripe, Noblesville, Ind; Lori (Brett) Myers, Akron, Ind.; Dustin (Staci) Bellows, Fishers, Ind.; Rob (Karen) Clark, Silver Lake; Susi (Michael) Stephan, North Manchester; Beth (Kyle) Howard, Akron, Ind.; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Mary Ellen Armey, North Manchester.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law: Ray Clark; and a grandson: Thomas Alan Clark.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 E. SR 14, Silver Lake. Services will be held at 2 p.m Sunday, Dec. 16, in Eel River Community Church of the Brethren. Pastor Andrew Sampson will officiate. Burial will follow in Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, Silver Lake.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Leona Leckrone, memorial contributions may be made to Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, c/o David Metzger, 11 Woodspoint Circle, North Manchester.