Edwin Francis Leone (1931 - 2009)



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Dad was the best father in the whole world. A sweet, kind man, slow to anger and having a servant's heart. He adored Mom, and they said they never went anywhere that us children couldn't come along. A true family man. Everyone loved him. He loved to yodel along to Slim Whitman or singing along to Hank Williams Sr. and enjoyed the voice of Mario Lanza, who he reminded us kids that Mario's children didn't even know how to thier their own shoes because Mario did it all for them. Dad loved car races and was in his glory when I was the massage therapist for many NASCAR teams in the early 2000's. He, Mom and the entire family accompanied me criss-crossing the USA. Dad always delighted in coming home to tell friends that he sat next to Richard Petty at church services and hung out with Richard Childress in his motorhome. Dad's favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr., so being friends with Dale's owner was a dream come true, as was seeing the USA from the road. I remember Dad hanging out his window as I drove along the Grand Canyon. Oh! If we could have only done that all decades sooner! My advice is never move out of town from your parents, how I regret realizing how precious they really are. I was Dad's shadow from the time I could walk, he became mine during those final years. He will always be my Valentine.

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in Heilwood, Indiana County, Pennsylvania United States


at IRMC, in Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania United States
Cause of death: Fatal reaction to Lyrica

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Fatal reaction to Lyrica

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at Oakland Cemetery, Mauseleum, in Indiana, Pennsylvania United States


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indiana, indiana County, Pennsylvania us

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Father: Joseph Leone
Mother: Julia Vozer Leone
Siblings: Joseph Leone, Evelyn Leone Mariskanish, Alma Leone Patrick, and Nathalie Leone Stupic

Wife: Donna Mae Leamer Leone
Children with Donna: Dawn Michele Leone and Edwin Joseph Leone


Heilwood Class of 1949, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Civil Engineer for PennDOT


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US Navy on the USS Des Moines (The Daisy Mae)

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Unites States


Catholic, Presbyterian, Church of Christ



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1931 - In the year that Edwin Francis Leone was born, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

1953 - By the time he was 22 years old, on July 27th, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. The Armistice was to last until "a final peaceful settlement is achieved". No peaceful settlement has ever been agreed upon.

1971 - When he was 40 years old, on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

1973 - When he was 42 years old, on August 15th, amidst rising calls for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, Congress imposed an end to the bombing of Cambodia.

1992 - He was 61 years old when on April 29th, riots began in Los Angeles after the "Rodney King" verdict was issued. Four LAPD officers had been accused of using excessive force (assault) on African-American Rodney King, who had been stopped for drunk driving. The beating had been videotaped. Their acquittal sparked a 6 day riot in Los Angeles.

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edit Edwin Francis Leone & Donna Mae Leamer Leone
October 7, 1961 - July 6, 2008 (death)
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Edwin Francis Leone & Donna Mae Leamer Leone
October 7, 1961 - July 6, 2008 (death)

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Edwin Francis Leone, father to 2 children, died around January 11, 2009 at IRMC, Indiana, Pennsylvania at 77 years old. His cause of death is listed as: fatal reaction to Lyrica. He was buried in Oakland Cemetery, Indiana, Pennsylvania. He was born on November 3, 1931 in Heilwood, Pennsylvania. He was born to Joseph Leone and Julia Vozer Leone, with siblings Joseph, Evelyn, Alma, and Nathalie. Edwin married Donna Leamer on October 7, 1961 and Donna died on July 6, 2008. They gave birth to Dawn Michele Leone and Edwin Joseph Leone.


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