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Leroy Ivan Yandell, 90, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017. He was born February 27, 1927 to Elzie and Pearl (Ellis) Yandell in Vian, Oklahoma. Leroy attended Vian Public Schools growing up. He served in the United States Army from 1945 - 1946 and received an honorable discharge.
Leroy married the love of his life, Ladonna Rose Reece, on April 9, 1950 at the Pentecostal Church of God in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. They shared 67 years of life and marriage together.
He worked at Muskogee Iron Works and Fansteel until his retirement in 1995. Leroy loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. On Easter Sunday 2017, Leroy's great grandchildren composed a song in his honor, which will be sung by Paige Jackson during his service.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, Elzie and Pearl Yandell; daughter, Debbie Thomas; daughter-in-law, Linda Yandell; brothers, George Yandell, Jonce Yandell, Clint Yandell and Sam Yandell.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ladonna Yandell; daughter, Linda Russell; sons, Robert Yandell, Darrell and wife Tonya Yandell; grandchildren, Greg and Charla Jackson, Deanne and Charlie Randolph, Jr., Kim Yandell, Misty and Matt Smith, Heather and Shawn Clay, Dalton Yandell, Kathrine and Leroy Parris, Cydney O'Dell, Joe and Tammy Cossland, and Tiffany Thomas; 20 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; and numerous other family members and friends.
A celebration of Leroy's life will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery with military honors. Billy Yandell, Jerry Yandell, Bobby Yandell, Kenneth Yandell, David Yandell, Jimbo Yandell, Steven Yandell and George Yandell, Jr. will be serving as pallbearers.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.
Published on April 18, 2017
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