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Leland "Pug" Laurence

July 17, 1928 August 24, 2012
Leland "Pug" Laurence
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Obituary for Leland "Pug" Laurence

Leland "Pug" Laurence, 84 of Leonard, entered into eternal life Friday, August 24, 2012. He was born July 17, 1928 to Albert C. and Pansy M. Laurence in Oxford. Best known as “Pug”, he was a life-long resident of Oxford who served in the Korean War and upon discharge returned to working in the Oxford Post Office where he had begun delivering mail before and after school when he was 15. Known around town as the “Whistling Mailman”, he retired as a Postal Supervisor in 1984.

He enriched the lives of young people through serving as a leader in 4-H, Asst. Boy Scout leader, a Big Brother, and teaching Sunday School for over 30 years. He loved camping and bird watching; after retiring became an accomplished bird carver even teaching carving at the Addison Senior Center. He volunteered as a driver for the Meals on Wheels program. Pug enjoyed square dancing, playing hand bells, and spending time with his family.

He will be missed greatly by his wife of nearly 60 years Betty (Souders) Laurence and children: LeeAnn(Russ) Stinehour of Weaverville NC, Robbin (Kent) Anapolle of Bethesda, MD, and Scott (Sherry) Laurence of Port Huron. Also surviving him are grandchildren: Patrick (Shanna), Madelyn, Rebekah, and Karle Stinehour; Sasha and Vika Anapolle; Natalie (Nate) VanDusen, and Adelle (Kolton) Semrow. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Aaron and Gracie Stinehour. He was preceded in death by his brother Hugh (Bub) Laurence.
Funeral from Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Hovey Street, Oxford, Tuesday August 28, 2012 at 1 PM with visitation starting at the church at noon. Interment Lakeville Cemetery in Addison Township. Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Oxford, Monday August 27 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Congregational United Church of Christ or Seven Ponds Nature Center 3854 Crawford Rd, Dryden, MI 48428.

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