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Leonard Casselberry, 93, died July 26, 2018 at his home in Casselberry surrounded by 4 generations of his family. Born Nov. 18, 1924 in Chicago IL, he came to Winter Park, FL as a baby with his parents, Casselberry city founder Hibbard and Mel Casselberry. He attended schools in Winter Park and The Bolles School in Jacksonville. He was a WWII Navy veteran and for a time was stationed at Sanford Naval Air Station a gunnery instructor with a unit training crews as they came through. He was stationed at Alameda, California NAS when the war ended and settled in Casselberry, where he went to work with his father. He had a private pilot’s license.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, John; sister, Molly Johnson; stepmother, Martha Casselberry. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Jane; brothers, Hibbard Casselberry and John Casselberry; sister, Lillian Casselberry Carroll; sons, Rev. Daniel (Cherrie), Deland, and Richard (Donna) of Casselberry; daughters, Melenda (Patrick) Edmiston, Casselberry and Catherine (John) Cox, Winter Park; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is retired from the City of Winter Park Utilities and Casselberry Utilities. Over the years he had many careers and businesses, such as fern grower, building contractor, harness horse track and lodge manager, restaurant owner, mobile home park owner , developer and real estate salesman He was a member of the Seminole County Historical Society and Winter Park History Museum, Community United Methodist Church, Casselberry, and Good News Jail & Prison Ministry Seminole County council for more than 25 years .He was first scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 341, which is still active, and member of Order of the Arrow. He is a former Democratic Precinct Committeeman, volunteer fireman, charter commander of American Legion Post 256 and charter member of Casselberry Lions Club. He had served on the Board of Aldermen for Casselberry. He competed in sailing in the Golden Age Games and enjoyed canoeing, camping, movies and a complete collection of Louis Lamour western novels..
He formerly served on the board of Seminole Youth Ranch and volunteered with Seminole Youth Programs , Meals on Wheels, and Life Skills Jail Ministry.
Over the years, he traveled to 21 countries, including many mission trips. He and his wife traveled the U.S and Canada in their Winnebago.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
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