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Leonard Courtney

Graveside services Leonard Courtney, 97, Dora, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Olden, Missouri, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Courtney entered into eternal rest at 4:32 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at Brooke Haven Health Care.


He was born September 21, 1919, at Pomona, Missouri, to Thomas Seman Courtney and Nettie Mae Moore Courtney.  He was married on January 5, 1946, at Reno, Nevada, to Hester Naomi Sams, who preceded him in death on December 25, 1998.  He worked in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) from 1939 to 1942.  Mr. Courtney was a veteran, having served with the United States Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre on USS Downes from 1943 to 1945. Before his retirement, he worked as a mechanic in West Plains.  He loved gardening, family and spending time with his grandkids; he loved farm life and living in the country.  Mr. Courtney was baptized in 1968 at the First Baptist Church in West Plains and was a member of Union Grove Church, Dora, Missouri, where he attended for many years.


He is survived by one daughter, Tamara Courtney Laxton; two grandchildren, Heather Whittingham and husband, Jeremy and Dustin Laxton and wife, Alyssa; four great-grandchildren, Zevi Whittingham, Laney Brown, Zachary Whittingham and Noah Whittingham; one nephew, Gene Courtney and wife, Betty; and a very special niece, Marie Jackson and husband, Tom. 


His parents, wife, one infant son, Steven Len Courtney, three brothers and one sister, preceded him in death.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Friday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Union Grove Church Ladies Auxiliary and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at