Leonard was born March 20, 1932, at Goodland, the son of Freeman Earl and Gladys Myrtle Brumit South. The family moved from Goodland to LaJunta, Colo., when Leonard was 3. He attended LaJunta schools and helped his father with his trucking business.
On April 10, 1952, Leonard married Mary F. Stephens in Clayton, N.M. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955 and was stationed in occupied Germany. They lived in LaJunta, Coffeyville and Humboldt, where he was a route salesman for Wonder Bread and retired in 1994 from Frito-Lay.
Leonard was a member of the Humboldt United Methodist Church and enjoyed making clocks, cooking and sharing his food with others. He was known as the "Enchilada Man."
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary South, of the home; two daughters, Cheryl Coltrane and husband, Doug, rural Humboldt, and Carol Wagner, Independence, Mo,; one granddaughter, Megan Anderson and husband, Todd, rural Humboldt; two great-grandchildren, Cole and Haylie Anderson; a brother, Lee South his wife, Paula, Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Earl South, grandson Andrew Richard Coltrane and granddaughter Laura Kaye Coltrane.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at the Humboldt United Methodist Church.
Memorials are suggested to Humboldt United Methodist Church or Allen County Animal Rescue Foundation (ACARF) and may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.