was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Ravenna, Neb., to Leon and
Angela Wieczorek Celmer. He moved with his family to
the Homedale area (Idaho) in 1937. He graduated from
Homedale High school.
was inducted on 23 Dec 1943. On January 12 1944, he
entered into active duty in the Army Air Corps entering
from Boise, Idaho. He trained at the AAFTS (Army Air
Force Training School) Scott Field, IL as a Radio Operator
and at at Ft. Myers, FL as an Aerial Gunner. (Leonard
noted that his missions were some what different from
those of crewmate Otto
Seier because "sometimes you subbed on another
crew or you had a sub on your plane."
married Jean Becker on February 20, 1945 in Salina,
KS just a month and a half prior to his crew's deployment
12 April 1945. To this union two children were born,
Lee and Donna. They were later divorced. They have 3
grandsons, Eric, Kurt and Justin.
He returned to the United States 5 Nov 1945 and discharged
from the 60th BS, 39th BG at the rank of Staff Sergeant
on 6 January 1945 - Jefferson Barracks, MO Separation
was also in the USAF Civil Air Patrol obtaining the
rank of Major and was involved in Military and Civilian
Search and Rescues.
also obtained his commerical pilot's license.
married Marie Marston Hodge on Dec. 27, 1967. He owned
Spud’s Super Service, a gas station, in Caldwell
(ID) for several years. In 1957 he started working for
Caldwell Auto Supply as an outside salesman, retiring
after 27 years.
was a member of St. Hubert’s Catholic Church,
and later Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in
Caldwell, charter lifetime member of the VFW Post 11065
in Wilder. Leonard was awarded the All State Team Post
Commander award in 1993-1994.
loved to hunt until his knees wouldn’t allow that
any more. Spud and Marie did spend many happy hours
trout fishing on the Cascade and C.J. Strike Reservoirs.