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Leon Pilling

By Sun Advocate

WELLINGTON-Our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and longtime friend, Clarence Leon Pilling, 84, passed away in the arms of his one true love on Sunday, December 27, 2015 from a lung disease.
Leon was born on April 6, 1931 at the Big Spring Ranch near Sunnyside, Utah to Clarence Peter Pilling and Luella Davis. Married Susanne Marie Mohlsick on August 13, 1951 in Peekskill, NY at the Assumption Catholic Church. He shared a beautiful marriage of 64 years with his beloved wife.
Leon joined the Navy May 24, 1948 and served until May 20, 1953. He honorably served during the Korean War aboard the USS McCaffery as a Petty Officer, 2nd Class torpedo man. Leon worked for Jeanselme Brothers Slaughter House and gas station. He enjoyed carpentry and worked as a carpenter instructor at Job Corp., in addition to building bridges on the interstate near Green River and Beaver Utah, including construction on the Flaming Gorge Dam, and as foreman at the Hunter Power Plant. Leon was not only a carpenter, but a good friend to all he mentored and worked with. Leon was a true Cowboy who enjoyed showing horses, competing in riding clubs, rodeos, and ranching. He also enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing with family and many friends.
He is survived by his sisters, Theora Worley, Ardath (Ray) Anderson; brother, Bud (Joan) Pilling; his wife, Susanne Marie Pilling; children, JoAnn (Richard-deceased) Curtin, Darlene Kibbee, Bill (Susan) Martinez, Thomas Pilling, Leslie (Douglas) Smoak, Timothy (Carma) Pilling, Catherine Marie Pilling (deceased), Tammy (Troy) Tonnesen, Jeffrey (Ashley) Pilling, Alex Pilling, Shauna (Robert Carder); 24 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren (D’Artagnan- deceased).
Funeral service, Monday, January 4, 2016, 10:00 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 East Main Street in Price. A visitation will be held Sunday from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home and Monday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Leon online at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net

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