Leonard Charles VeDepo, 86, passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the West Liberty Country Club. Burial will be in the North Prairie Cemetery, West Liberty. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice or West Liberty Rescue Unit. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.henderson
Leonard was born Jan. 10, 1934, in Iowa City, the son of William and Elizabeth (Binz) VeDepo. He was a graduate of West Branch High School in 1952. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. On Jan. 11, 1964, he was united in marriage to Audrey Walker Pedersen in Aledo, Ill.
Leonard farmed in the West Branch area until 1971 when he began work with W.R. Grace (Walnut Grove) in West Liberty, retiring in 1999. In 2002, he began working at the Muscatine County Fair until 2017. He was a long time member of the West Liberty Country Club and Mansell Phillips American Legion Post No. 509 in West Liberty. He enjoyed gardening, golfing and playing cards. He was always ready with a smile and an offer to help and was beloved by his family and many friends.
Survivors include his stepson, Tom (Annie) Pedersen of Iowa City; two grandchildren, Caite (Doug) Angersoll of Peoria, Ill., and Jesse (Amanda) Pedersen of Peoria; and three great-grandchildren, Sy, Asher and Anton Pedersen. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey; three brothers, Ray, LaVern and William; and four sisters, Maxine, Beatrice, Elizabeth and Marilyn.