September 13, 2023

Brandon Scott Leonard, 35, of Litchfield, Ill., died Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, at HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield. He was born in Litchfield on Jan. 5, 1988, a son of Denis Sam and Donna Jean (Deck) Leonard.

He graduated from Litchfield High School with the Class of 2006, and went on to obtain degrees from Greenville College with a degree in Pastoral Studies, and from St. John's School of Nursing. He was in the process of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Brandon was employed with Springfield Clinic in the Dept. of Neurology, and had been formerly employed with various locations within the HSHS system, an associate at Dollar Tree, and a substitute teacher. He lived out his Christian faith as an active member of Net Community Church in Staunton, where he served on the praise team, acted as a greeter, and attended Bible studies. He loved going to musical concerts, acting in various plays, participating in "The Promise" musical at Zion Lutheran Church, enjoyed singing in the choir while a student at Greenville College, and spending time with his friends. Brandon most enjoyed going on mission trips and spreading the joy and love of Christ.

In addition to his parents, Brandon is survived by his sister, Carrie Ferguson of Highland; two nephews, Aubrey Aubuschon and Gaige Ferguson; a niece, Mercie Ferguson; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Irving Deck and Stella (Neverdowski) Deck; his paternal grandparents, Christopher Leonard and Dorothy (Curto) Parsons; and paternal step-grandparents, Bill Grindley and Melvin Parsons.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 7, at Net Community Church in Staunton with Rev. Derrick Taylor officiating. Burial was in Elm Lawn Cemetery in Litchfield.

Memorials may be made to St. John's School of Nursing, Hearts United, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield was in charge of arrangements.

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