March 21, 2002

(9/21/26 - 3/11/2002)

Leland Eugene Justice was born the son of Ernest and Lillie Turtle Justice on September 21, 1926, in Kahoka, MO.

He grew up there, working on their family farm. Leland was inducted into the army on February 8, 1945. He served his country in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during the end of World War II. At Buck Sergeant rank, his occupational specialties and qualifications included wire tech telephone and telegraph, sharp shooter with rifle and second class gunner. He was decorated with an Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Also issued were a Lapel button and two Overseas Service bars. Leland was granted an honorable discharge in December, 1946.

Upon returning from the service, Leland married Mary M. Mooney on February 20, 1947, in Kahoka, MO. To this union eight children were born, Ernest (Bud), Pam, Marsha, Rick, Stanley, Tony, Jobe and Cindy.

Leland managed grocery stores in Burlington, IA, Keokuk, IA, and Kahoka, MO, before moving to Memphis, MO in 1962, where he and Mary owned and managed Leland and Mary's Superette. He later managed the Benner Grocery Store until he and Mary became the local owners and operators of the Memphis Sears Catalog Merchant Store. In 1987, Leland and Mary attempted their first retirement and moved to Blue Eye, MO, in the Branson area. Unable to give up working with the public, Leland helped manage two motels in Branson, first the Gateway Inn, then the Hi-Ho Motor Inn, while Mary worked as assistant manager at Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater for eight years. Leland and Mary also built a trailer park in Blue Eye, which they managed together until finally retiring to move back home to Memphis, MO, spending much needed time with children and grandchildren, family and friends. Leland passed away on March 11, 2002.

Survivors include his wife, Mary M. Justice of Memphis, MO; three daughters, Pam Ulry of Reeds Spring, MO, Marsha Monroe and husband, Kenny of Memphis, MO, and Cindy Antal and husband, Mark of Lancaster, MO; three sons, Rick Justice and wife, Gini of Independence, MO, Tony Justice and wife, Amy of Harrisburg, MO, and Jobe Justice and wife, Cindy of Memphis, MO; 31 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Hazel Kapfer of Louisiana, MO, Mable Sears of Flagstaff, AZ, and Shirley Jean Haugan of Minneapolis, MN; and one brother, Raymond Justice and wife, Cleta of Edmond, OK; a host of nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Leland was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Lillie Turtle Justice; two sons, Ernest L. (Bud) Justice and Stanley Eagan Justice; one grandson, Thomas Dean Justice; two sisters, Iva Mae Gast and Thelma Cravens; three brothers, Ernest Justice, Jr., Robert Justice and Francis Justice.

The family has suggested memorials to The First Christian Church.

Funeral services were held on March 14, 2002, at the First Christian Church in Memphis, MO, with Brother Jack Sumption, officiating. Musicians were vocalists Lori Fulk and Sheila Berkowitz, and pianist was Joe Fulk. Body bearers were Rick L. Justice, Jobe Justice, Tony Justice, Kenneth Monroe, Mark Antal, Todd Ulry, and Brandon Ulry. Honorary bearers were grandchildren. Military graveside services were provided by the Wallace Gillespie V.F.W. Post #4958, Memphis, MO. Interment was in the Kahoka Cemetery, Kahoka, MO. Arrangements were handled by the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO.

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