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Leonard McCrill

Leonard Lincoln McCrill died Sept. 23, in Grass Valley surrounded by his family. He was 92.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 3, at Hill Top Commons, 131 Eureka St., Grass Valley. Pastor Andy Owens will be officiating.  

Mr. McCrill was born at home Feb. 12, 1918, in a little farmhouse, in Jackson, Iowa, to Perry and Laura (Taylor) McCrill.

He grew up in hard times but managed to keep a smile on his face, thus inheriting the nickname “Smiley.” As a boy he picked potatoes for 10 cents a day. 

He met his sweetheart at age 16 and married her on April 26, 1938, in Iowa. They had six children.

He worked for the postal service and was a member of the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed golf, gold panning, rock hobbies, such as polishing and making jewelry, and reading Louis L’Amour. 

He was a man of character and sense of humor. He was always ready to talk and loved to talk to strangers.

Everyone was his friend. If you were his waitress, you were “Suzy,” if you were his daughter, you were “honey-child.” If he saw a baby in public, the baby was, “boss.” If you cut him off in traffic, you’d be “joker.”

He found joy in a baby’s smile, and that’s what lit up his face more than anything else in the world.

He loved people and knew the importance of kindness. He will be missed. We love you, dad.

He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Wilgenbush of Oakley, Calif., Karen Howard of Ferndale, Calif., Kathy Schultz of Oregon House, Calif., Terri McCrill of Sacramento, Calif., and Lorri Duarte of Grass Valley; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nephew, Lee Nation of Sacramento.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail McCrill; son, Ken McCrill; grandson, Lonnie Schultz; and sister, Mildred Brigance.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

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