Leonard Daniel Isban, 93, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka.
The son of Alex and Elizabeth (Robakowski) Isban, of South Bend, Leonard graduated from Washington High School and enlisted afterwards in the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific aboard the USS Vammen. It was on that ship that he won several prizefights, a fact he only recently revealed, to his family’s surprise. He went on to receive an honorable discharge from the US Navy and return to South Bend where he met JoAnn Zell, who charted the course of his future happiness.
They were married in September of 1948, at Holy Cross parish, and were blessed with three children who survive. Jessica (Paul) Maich, Michael (Debi) Isban, and Susan (Greg) Payne, and nine grandchildren including: Emily (Chris) Killilea, Katherine Maich, Hilary Maich, Cole (Veronica) Isban, Connor Isban, Kelly (Tom) Rybicki, Brittany (Stephon) Tuitt, Davis (Mikayla) Payne, and Lily Payne. In addition, Leonard ‘s family expanded to include seven great-grandchildren: Fiona and Stella Robertson; Noah Rybicki; Payne, Solomon, and Gwendolyn Tuitt; and Leonard Isban. It was in this family that he felt most blessed.
A Celebration of Leonard’s Life will be held at a later date due to the rising health concerns at this present time, for the safety of the family and all their friends and business associates.
Donations in memory of Leonard may be made to The Boys & Girls Club of Marshall County 314 E Jefferson Street, Plymouth, IN 46563, or St. Michael’s School 610 N. Center Street, Plymouth, IN 46563.