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Leonard Declue, Jr.

d. May 1, 2023


Leonard A. Declue, Jr., age 73, of Athens, Illinois, passed away on April 16, 2023 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born September 26, 1949 in Oak Lawn, Illinois the son of Leonard and Alice (Adelman) Declue.

Mourning his passing are his daughter, Renee (husband Robert) Benton; and three grandchildren, Gavin Benton, Alyssa Benton, and Ella Benton.

He is preceded in death by parents.

Leonard earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree and a Masters degree in of Public Affairs from Southern University.

He was an self-employed author where he wrote a couple of books.ย ย  Leonard ran for State Representative in the mid to late eighties.

He was member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens, Illinois.

Leonard loved to garden where he raised numerous fruits and vegetables.

A funeral mass for Leonard will be held on a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church in Athens

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at




  1. Rest in Peace Lenny, ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ Praying for You

  2. I am surprised by the death of a great friend, a very intelligent person, highly educated, generous, helpful. kind, charismatic, best writer i ever met, faithful servant of the catholic church, it is a great loss, i will never meet someone so good like him he loved life, his garden , an excellent cook. he loved his only cat. also he was a good host.

  3. Leonard, a man that I have known since I was 15 years old, I love and miss you. Thanks for selling your home to me back in Oak Lawn Illinois. I remember your mother working at the high school down the block when I was just a child. I hope you rest in peace and everything you ever hoped for in the afterlife has come true for you, your friend Kurt

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