Leo Ward Billings passed into eternity on Jan. 29, 2008, after a battle with his heart. Ironically, his best trait was that he lived everyday with a full heart, always wanting to give rather than receive, by touching the hearts and lives of many whose paths he crossed with his giving personality. Simply, he loved life and the people in it.
He began his journey of life on Jan. 25, 1927, as the son of Margaret Ward and Leo E. Billings, in Lorain, Ohio. He attended school in Vermilion, and then proceeded on to the Air Force during World War II. After the service, he began his lifelong career with Local 42 Plumbers and Steamfitters of Norwalk, where he enjoyed working construction and traveling with his coworkers for 50 years. He married Joan Eve Werner in 1956; he has now been reunited with her. He was a longtime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, AMVETS, V.F.W., and American Legion.
He leaves behind his daughter, Tammy Billings, Sandusky; his future son-in-law, Craig Homegardner; and two yellow labs, Cody and Carly, whose 12 recent puppies made his last days a joy. He will also watch over his brother-in-law, Roy Werner, Sandusky; niece, Debbie (Bill) Whipkey, Newark, Ohio; nephew, Troy (Cathy) Werner, Huron; nephews, Rob (Kathy) Werner, Sandusky, and Dick (Nancy) Billings, Lorain; and special friend, Mary Ellen Everett, Sandusky. He will be a special guardian angel to his great-nieces Valerie Werner, Huron, Brittany Werner, Sandusky, and Candy (Billings) Coolbaugh, Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Werner) Billings; parents, Leo E. and Margaret Ward Billings; sister-in-law, Lucille (Roy) Werner; and brother, George Billings.
Leo and his family are grateful to the many friends and family who helped him through his difficult times, even if it was just by accepting one of the many phone calls that he loved to make. His family's wish is that he continues to touch as many lives on his continuing spiritual path as he has here with us. Just as he embraced everyone, we will always embrace Ward in our hearts. It was a privilege to know him.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday in Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Prayers will be recited at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:30 a.m. in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky; the Rev. David Nuss is the celebrant. Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Erie County. Condolences may be made at grofffuneralhomes.com.