NORTH  MANCHESTER — G. William "Bill" Leonhard, 81, Fort Wayne, died at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Fort Wayne.

He was born Oct. 3, 1937, in North Manchester, to George A. and Margaret Baker Leonhard.

Bill was a 1955 graduate of Chester High School, graduated from Manchester College in 1966 and received his master's degree from Indiana University in 1970.

Bill taught at Manchester Community Schools for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He worked part-time for six years at The Hardware.

Bill married Donna Barnhart in Wabash on June 16, 1991.

He was a member of Congregational Christian Church and a 50-year member of the Masonic Deming Lodge No. 88, the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine. Bill was also a member of the York Rite and Ivy Chapter of the Eastern Star, and sang with the Mizpah Chanters for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Leonhard, Fort Wayne; two children, G. William (Denise) Leonhard, North Manchester, and Stephanie (Andy) Castleman, Carmel; stepson, Michael S. (Diana) Moore, Sugar Grove, Ill.; sister, Judith Moore, and niece, Melissa (Jeff) Werner, both of North Manchester; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tanner Leonhard; and brother-in-law, Roger W. Moore.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. There will be a Masonic service Monday at 7:30 p.m.  


Memorials to Congregational Christian Church or Shriners Hospital for Children.

The memorial guest book for Bill may be signed at