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Leonard Hanford Pedersen Jr.

Mr. Leonard Hanford Pedersen Jr., 94, formerly of Calamus, passed Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the Gardens of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, after a long illness.

He was born March 25, 1923, in Calamus to Leonard Hanford and Threna Marguerite Pedersen and was their only child. Leonard grew up in Wheatland and was called by his middle name, Hanford, throughout his youth. After serving as a radar technician in the Navy during World War II, he went to college in Davenport and began working for Kohrs Packing Co. Kohrs was purchased by Oscar Mayer, and he was moved to its home office in Madison, Wisconsin. There, he was the controller, and at retirement was director of Long Range Planning and Acquisition.

While serving in the Navy, Leonard met Nellie Johnson, who was serving in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), and they were married for 30 years before she passed away. During a reunion of DeWitt High School, he met Betty Balliu from Maquoketa, and they were married for 28 years until her death. Not only did Leonard have a successful career, he had his own real estate brokerage firm and even learned to fly, owning his own plane.

Surviving are a daughter, Diane T. (Michael) Feeney of Arizona; a son, Eric Pedersen of Madison; twin granddaughters, Shannon and Megan Feeney; a granddaughter, Erin Arrango-Escalante; stepchildren, Marty (Tammy) Balliu of Maquoketa, Mary (Tom) Hense of Dubuque, and Michael Balliu of Chicago.

A graveside service and military rites will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Kvindherred Cemetery, rural Calamus. The Rev. William Runaas Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow.

Condolences may be expressed at schultzfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home in Grand Mound.

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