Leo Hambright Jr., 71

Leo C. Hambright Jr., age 71, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home.

He was born Sept. 25, 1941, in Union County, S.D., a son of the late Leo and Joy (Anderson) Hambright.

Leo was a longtime Sturgis resident and retired from the International Paper Company in Sturgis and had also worked at Sturgis Molded Products for many years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving his country during the Vietnam War. Leo was a member of Neuman-Wenzel Post #73 American Legion, Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW, Loyal Order of Moose #74 and the Eagles Lodge #1314. He was a fan of NASCAR and enjoyed fishing, boating and spending time at the lake.

He is survived by a daughter, Peggy Haarer of White Pigeon; three sons, Daniel (Stacy) Hambright of Ralston, Neb., Michael Hambright of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Todd Hambright of Omaha, Neb.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn Schutte of Oklahoma; Delores Kline of Colon and Patty Hagg of Olathe, Kan.; a brother, Kelly Bowen of Arkansas; a stepsister, Desiree Mieras of Sturgis; four stepbrothers, Phillip (Danielle) Hambright of Centreville, Robert (Jane) Hambright of Hart, Randy (Kim) Hambright of Sturgis and Keith (Kellie) Hambright of Sturgis; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jerry Hambright.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends to remember the life of Leo C. Hambright Jr. and the sharing of memories and a meal will begin at noon Saturday at the American Legion, 500 W. Chicago Road in Sturgis, where full military honors will be conferred at 1 p.m. Saturday by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.

His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family

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