Harold E. Leonhardt

Law enforcement officer, 87Harold E. Leonhardt, 87, of Astoria died Friday, June 17, 2005 in Astoria.

Mr. Leonhardt was born Jan. 9, 1918 in Portland to Walter W. and Mildred L. Cochran Leonhardt. He was raised in Portland and attended Lincoln and Benson high schools. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1943 and served as a tech sergeant in the South Pacific during World War II before his discharge in December 1945.

He married Viola Henrickson on Oct. 18, 1947 in Portland. She survives, living in Astoria.

After working as an electrician for the city of Portland from 1946 to 1951, Mr. Leonhardt joined the Oregon State Police, where he worked for 16 years. In 1968 he joined the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office as an investigator. Following his retirement, he became chief of police for the city of Gearhart, and a reserve deputy for the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office. He also taught classes in law enforcement at Clatsop Community College,

He served on the Lewis and Clark Elementary School Board, and was a member of Gateway Masonic Lodge.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Leonhardt is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Julie and Andrew Overby of Portland; a son and daughter-in-law David Leonhardt and Connie Haas of Sherwood; two grandsons Joseph and Timothy Leonhardt of Sherwood; a step-granddaughter Erika Overby of Gilbert, Ariz.; one step-grandson Joseph Overby of Portland; sister Betty Cushman of Portland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter William Leonhardt, and a sister, Bertha Leonhardt Walsh.

A memorial service will be announced later. Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis and Clark Fire Department, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin, Ave., Astoria, OR 97103; to A.L.S., 1221 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 114, Portland OR 97205; or to a charity of one's choice.


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