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“Most of my memories of Leonard and Garnetta are from my youth since then a lot of time and miles have passed. Regardless their impression on a young...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Bruce Jolly - Cincinnati, OH

“To the entire family: I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard. I'm sure he is already catching up with Garnetta. I can picture a huge...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Perko - Wellston, OH

“Leonard was a great man, he will be missed. May he rest in Peace, ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Bobbie Willis Henry - Ray, OH

“I don't remember a time in my life that I didn't know Leonard.Growing up, I too was and am a member of Hope Untied Methodist Church. The Holzapfel...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Bobbie Willis Henry - RAy, OH

“Dear Len and Bonnie,We are sincerely sorry to learn of your father's passing. It has been a joy to visit with him at the family reunions. He will...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: lyle leach - westerville, OH

“Vikki/RexWe are sorry for your loss. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Don and Jodi Welch - Chillicothe, OH

“Who remembers when Mr. Holzapfel built an ice rink in his backyard for Nancy and her friends? What fun we had! He and Garnetta were always so nice. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Joyce Gold - Family Friend

“My sincere condolences to the Holzapfel family.Len, your father lived a life of dignity and ensured the respect the Holzapfel name will carry for...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Mosley - Ashville, OH

“So sorry for your lost and prayers for the family ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Marilyn Matthews - Myrtle Beach, SC

“This is an ineffably sad day for all. Leonard has been a pillar of the community for decades. He set an example of goodness, generosity, and love we...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara Summers - Jackson, OH

“LEN AND BONNIE =WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF UR PRECIUOS FATHER =I HAVE HEARD SO MANY SPEAK OF WHAT A GREAT GUY HE WAS -I PERSONALLY DIDN,T KNOW...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Debbie Wilbur Norton - Wellston, OH

“My love and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May God grant you peace and grace as you grieve the loss of your loved one. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Barbara White - Grayson, GA


Leonard A. "Bumpy" Holzapfel, of Wellston, was born on Tuesday, February 13, 1923 in Wellston, Ohio and passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, his 95th birthday, at the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio. Leonard was the third of 4 children born to the late Leonard F. Holzapfel and Grace Elizabeth King Holzapfel. Leonard, a 1941graduate of Wellston High School, was one of the last remaining WWII veterans in Wellston. He proudly served with the United States Army, where his occupational specialty was a clerk typist. On March 17, 1938, at the young age of 15, Leonard, along with his 2 brothers, Frank and Henry, purchased Gem Bottling Company in Wellston. Over the next 58 years, Leonard worked alongside his brothers operating the company until the sale of the business in 1996. Leonard was a lifelong member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Wellston, where he was presently the oldest living member of the congregation . Throughout his lifetime, he was a member of numerous organizations, including Black Diamond Lodge #538 F&AM, Shriners, Wellston Lions Club, and a founding member of American Legion Post 371 in Wellston. Leonard enjoyed watching sports on television, along with his favorite shows, CNN, Friends, The Big Bang Theory and Pretty Woman. He enjoyed going to the beach with his family, boating on the Ohio River for over 30 years, and rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds, but at the same time, never giving up on the Cleveland Browns. Leonard is survived by daughter, Nancy Holzapfel Riley; sons and daughters-in-law, Len and Bonnie Holzapfel and Rex and Vicki Holzapfel, all of Wellston; grandchildren, Brian Riley (Jayne), Meghan Dement (Shawn), Michelle Anders (Brad), Jason Holzapfel (Jackie), Stephanie Weber (Shannon), Kevin Holzapfel (Tomi) and Kerri White (Tim), along with 18 great-grandchildren, and all of them will cherish the fond memories of their "Bumpy and GiGi". Besides his parents, Leonard was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Garnetta M. Richards Holzapfel on December 17, 2016; sister, Huberta Robb; and brothers, Frank Holzapfel and Henry Holzapfel. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston, where a Masonic service will begin at 8 P.M. Funeral service will be Saturday at 1 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home with Pastor Leland Brehm officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in the Ridgewood Cemetery.

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