Leonard Hill Stidley, 86, of Elburn, died Sept. 8, 2012, at Manor Care in Naperville, Ill. He was born Sept. 1, 1926, in New York City, to Leonard A. and Constance (Hill) Stidley.
Leonard grew up in New York City, Decatur, Ill., and Oberlin, Ohio. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict. He graduated from the University of Illinois with B.S. and M.S. degrees.
On Feb. 5, 1949, he married Marcia Bannister in DeKalb. He was employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections and retired in June 1986 after 31 years.
He was president of the Town and Country Public Library Board, and helped with the planning of the new library building. Leonard enjoyed genealogy and spent many hours on his family history. He was also a Sudoku enthusiast.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marcia; four children, Gerald of Washington, D.C., Sharon (Bruce) Seedall of Gilbert, Ariz., Keith of Lisle, Ill., and Chris (Ed Bedrick) of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Connie (Tom) Pexton of Denver.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetary in DeKalb at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Town and Country Public Library in Elburn.