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Iona May Leatherman 1939 - 2018
Ronald E. “Ron” Schepmann

GREAT BEND — Iona May Leatherman, 79, passed away Dec. 9, 2018, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington. 

She was born May 2, 1939, at Otis to Fred and Elsie (Schneider) Lebsack. She married Billy J. Leatherman, Jan. 10, 1960, at Otis. He died March 26, 2015. 

Coming from Otis in 1952, Iona was a resident of Great Bend. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Rockhold Engineering. Iona was an avid reader. 

Survivors include, one son, Steven R. Leatherman and wife Kelli Ann, Hutchinson; one daughter, Shelia R. Panus, O’Fallon, Mo.; four granddaughters, Ashley Brockman, Brianne Leatherman, Brittany Panus and Bailey Panus; and three sisters, Margaret Schlegel, Otis; Sonia Nuss, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Kathy Esser, Madison, Wis. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy J. Leatherman; a son, Todd L. Leatherman; and a brother, Harold Lebsack. 

There will be no viewing and a Private Family Service will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Great Bend Public Library, American Cancer Society or the Barton County Food Bank, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS  67530 

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 12, 2018