Judd Wilson Leland, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in his beloved Lake Forest Place home in Lake Forest, Illinois from complications related to leukemia.
Judd devoted his life to his family, and is survived by Ramona, his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 66 years; Scott and Jane Leland and their son Isaac; Todd and Barbara Leland and their children Audrey, Julia and Henry.
Born in Waterloo, Iowa on December 17, 1930, Judd grew up working dawn to dusk on the fourth generation Leland family farm with his parents Glen and Maude Leland, and siblings George, LuAnn and Mary Ellen. Judd loved the farm, having stated “It was a hard, challenging life with opportunities, responsibility, appreciation, caring compassion and patriotism – realizing there is a power greater than ourselves.”
Judd graduated from Waterloo East in 1948, then Iowa State University with honors in 1954, after four great years as a proud member of Farmhouse and a lifelong Cyclones contributor and fan. Judd then served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp 1954-57 including being stationed in Germany, and he and Ramona shared many fond memories of their travels in Europe.
After returning from Germany, Judd drove thousands of miles a week on the gravel roads of Iowa as a cattle buyer for Rath Packing to support their young family, but he worked long into the night to graduate from banking school, going on to a 44-year career in agricultural consulting first at Waterloo Savings Bank followed by First National Bank of Muscatine. Judd was in his element helping people in the farming industry and the lifestyle he loved.
Judd was an active and decorated member of 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Boy Scouts (in support of Scott and Todd), and an ordained elder and deacon of the Presbyterian Church, always giving of himself in support of others.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Geneva Foundation of Presbyterian Homes, 8707 Skokie Blvd, Suite 400, Skokie, Illinois 60077.
A reception in celebration of Judd’s life will be held at Lake Forest Place at a future date to be announced by the family, and all will toast the man who could light up a room and engage anyone he met leaving a smile on their face.