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Leonard M. Ivis
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Leonard Maurice Ivis, 93, of Aurora, CO died on April 9, 2017 at Belleview Heights Care

Leonard was born on October 30, 1923 in Boone, IA to John and Margaret (Short) Ivis. After his mother’s death, his maternal grandparents John and Gertrude Short raised him and his three siblings. Leonard graduated from Gilbert Consolidated High School in 1942.

In September of 1942, Leonard enlisted in the United States Navy. He served the majority of his time on the USS Philadelphia (CL 41). He was honorably discharged in December of 1946. Leonard served in the North African campaign, the European, Middle East and Mediterranean theaters. He was the recipient of several medals during his service. Upon leaving the Navy, Leonard enrolled and graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Illinois.

On November 20, 1953 Leonard married the love of his life, Donna Woodyard
Bernholtz. After their marriage the couple made their home in Des Moines. Leonard spent the majority of his career employed by Baker Electric, Inc. Leonard retired as Executive Vice President of Estimating for the company. In addition, he taught Electrical Apprenticeship classes for 17 years. He enjoyed, fishing, camping, hunting, competitive shooting and traveling.

His wife Donna Ivis, parents, John and Margaret Short, grandparents, John and
Gertrude Short, his sister, Peggy Nelson, brother Hugh Ed Ivis and his son-in-law Joseph Borgen, as well as other extended family members preceded Leonard in death.
Left to celebrate Leonard’s life are his sons David Ivis and wife Jeannie of Parker CO and Daniel Ivis of Boone, IA; his daughter Deborah Ivis Borgen of Bella Vista, AR and step children Gerald Bernholtz and wife Dianne of New Virginia, IA and Sheryl Renze and husband Gerald of Carroll, IA. Grandchildren include Ryan Ivis (Miyoko) of Castle Rock, CO; Dustin Ivis (Dawn Ostrye) of Castle Rock, CO; Michael Ivis (CheyAnne Stjernquist) of Parker CO; Christine Borgen of Geneva, Switzerland; Kevin Borgen of San Diego, CA Amy Roberts (David) of Champaign, IL; Dawn Renze Wood (Charles) of Hiawatha, IA; Brian Renze (Lisa) of Ames, IA; Brad Renze (Keri) of Waukee, IA; Tracey Bernholtz of Des Moines, IA; Jess Davis of Des Moines, IA. Great grandchildren include Ryan and Keaton Roberts of Champaign IL; Emmaline, Charles and Leo Wood of Hiawatha IA; Adam and Isaac Renze of Ames, IA; Brandt and Evan Renze of Waukee, IA. His sister Patty Headley of Boone, IA, also survives him.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be April 29, at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Boone Iowa. Friends may call at Sacred Heart Catholic Church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Boone Iowa.

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