Dick & Jean Leonhard honored at Tony Daze
The late Dick and Jean Leonhard of Tony, were honored last weekend as part of the Tony Daze festivities as Community Members of the year.
Dick and Jean were married in 1950 and for 68 years found ways to give back to the communities throughout Rusk County.
Dick, who wad a try out with the Detroit Tigers,came back to work on the family farm after the two honeymooned in Detroit as they both raised their eight children, Jackie, Bill, Mike, Don, Dan, Jaralyn, Tom and Jennifer.
Jean was a home maker who could bake anything as she enjoyed raising donuts and cinnamon rolls while her husband played baseball and eventually managed the local team from Tony, WI.
Dick began coaching little league in the 1960’s as he took several teams to Lacrosse for tournaments where one team finished in the top three out of 90 teams.
In 1972, he started the Tony baseball team, which is now the Tony Hayshakers. The Hayshakers had much success under Leonhard as they played in the WBA State tournament many times, finishing as high as second.
Both Dick and Jean loved watching their grandchildren and could be seen many sporting events that each of them were in.
Dick spent his last 15 years as a Deacon at the Church in Tony where he spent time visiting with the elderly.
Both were also good at raising money for different organizations as they weren’t afraid to knock on a door to talk to community members before picking up a donation for the Hayshakers, Walk for Life or any other event and organization in need.
The Leonhard’s who passed away last year with in a month apart were honored as Carl Heath presented the Community Award to their sons Don and Mike at last Saturday’s event in Tony.