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I am a Veteran.Leon W. Herring

July 4, 1923 - July 30, 2018

Leon W. Herring, 95, of Columbus, Texas died on July 30, 2018 in Columbus.

Leon was born July 4, 1923 in Borden, Texas to Joe J. and Hattie Winkler Herring. He married Mary Louise Tankersley of Memphis, Tennessee on September 15, 1946 in Rosenberg, Texas. Leon attended school in Houston for three years, in Borden four years, and Weimar High School for four years.

Leon entered the US Army Air Force December 7, 1942 and was discharged on October 17, 1945 at the rank of CPL from Randolph Field Air Base in Texas. Serving in Normandy-Northern France-Rhineland-Central Europe. Involved in air offensive Europe with the 9th Air Force. Received four over-seas bars European-African-Middle Eastern, one silver battle star and good conduct. Continued service as service commander of Columbus Unit Texas State Guard as 1st Lt. of the 203rd internal security M.P.C.

Employed as assistant manager of Army Post Exchange at Fort Sam in San Antonio in charge of employees. After discharge from the army, he worked at Brasher Motor Company in Weimar, TX.

Leon was a retired postal carrier for Columbus and a retiree of Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Leon is survived by son, Larry J. Herring and wife Debbie of Columbus; daughter, Marilyn Herring Schobel and husband Billy of Columbus; and son, Richard D. Herring and wife Donna of Bay City, TX; Also, he is survived by 5 grandchildren, Sean Schobel, Shelly Owen, Heath Herring, Sarah Herring Johnson, and Michael Herring; 8 great grandchildren, Lauren, Raylee and Cambree Schobel, Tiffanie Zamora, Deborah Wente, Michaela and Jacob Herring, and Alaney Owen; and a great great grandson, Carter Zamora; and sister, Natalie Holub of Weimer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and two sisters who were infants.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; and on Thursday, 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018, 10:00 am at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX with Chaplain Rev. Alan Kethan of Columbus Volunteer Fire Department officiating.

Interment with military honors by the US Army Air Force will followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Pallbearers are Michael Herring, Jacob Herring, Raylee Schobel, Sean Schobel, Michaela Herring, and Heath Herring. Serving as honorary pallbearers are his great grandchildren, Tiffanie, Deborah, Sarah, Cambree and Lauren; and friend, Walter Glaeser.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Columbus Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 125, Columbus, TX 78934; or the charity of your choice.


Leon W. Herring
July 4, 1923 - July 30, 2018



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