Leeon Caudill, 75, of Byesville, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge, Ohio.
Leeon was born July 11, 1937, in Hollybush, Ky., son of the late Willard and Ocie (Slone) Caudill.
Upon moving to Willard, he took employment as a truck driver for Weirs Brothers, Celeryville, Ohio, and soon after worked for Pioneer Rubber Company in Willard. In 1965 he garnered employment with Ford Motor Company, in Sandusky. Leeon immediately joined the UAW Local 1216 membership and became a strong union leader, holding a number of union and political positions. These included: local committeeman; Employee Assistant Program Professional and Employee Support Service Program representative. The crowning achievement of Leeon's union leadership was his election as the UAW Local 1216 building chairman in 1995. Throughout his career, Leeon was a strong advocate of workers' rights, safety, and management/employees working together for the success of the company. Leeon retired from Ford Motor Company in 1999.
In addition to his membership in the UAW, Leeon was a member of the UAW V-CAP, the Sandusky Fraternal Order of Eagles, VFW, and American Legion.
Family was important to Leeon and he looked forward to his time with them. In retirement, Leeon enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting, collecting firearms, traveling to car shows, and stopping at every flea market that he saw. Leeon's passion for flea markets led him to sell at the Rinky's Flea Market in Marietta, Ohio, for a number of years. He enjoyed talking with the customers and sharing his many stories.
Leeon is survived by his son, Kenneth (Amy) Caudill, of Sandusky; his daughters, Sue (Mike) Heiman, of Ashland, Debra (Brian) Nickoloff, of Milan, Patti Smith, of Sandusky, and Denise (Barry) White, of Siesta Key, Fla.; his former wife and friend, Colleen Rhinehart, of Fremont; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Loias Caudill, of Mansfield, Ohio, and John Caudill, of Santa Anna, Calif.
Including his parents, Leeon was preceded in death by his sister, Ora (Caudill) Pfieffer.
Friends may call 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Groff Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where a Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. The Rev. Herman Robinson will preside. A private family burial will take place at Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial donations may be made to the Byesville Fire Department, 2012 Seneca Ave., Byesville, OH 43723.
Condolences may be shared with the family at grofffuneralhomes.com.