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Leon Neese, 83, a resident of Sterling, died on Thursday evening, June 20, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Born on August 30, 1935 in Sterling, he was a son of Dacre Leon and Louise (Weiss) Neese. On October 28, 1961 he was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Devine in Rockford. She passed away on June 27, 2008.

Leon worked for Wahl Clipper for 32 years until his retirement. He served in the United States Army and was a member of the 1st Infantry Division. He was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling for 25 years. Leon loved his grandchildren and enjoyed going to watch the Sterling Community Band Concerts. He was an avid supporter of all Sterling High School activities. He also enjoyed playing golf and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter, Kelly (Kent) Siltman of Walnut; his son, Todd (Bonnie) Neese of Warrenville; his grandchildren, Erin and Ali Siltman, Kate (Daniel) Smith, and Claire and Rachel Neese.

Also preceding him in death are his parents, a brother and a sister.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Monday, June 24th at the McDonald Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue in Sterling with the rosary recited at 4:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, June 25th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling with Reverend Bruce Ludeke, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Please make contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or to the Sterling Community Band in his memory. To send online condolences visit