Leo Differding

December 5, 1924 ~ June 12, 2019 (age 94)

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Leo John Differding, 94, passed away on June 12, 2019 in Sunnyside, WA. Leo was born to loving parents Joseph John and Caroline Meyer Differding on December 5, 1924 in Fairmont, ND. He fell for the lovely Joanna Cantrell and on December 21, 1946 they were married in Yakima, WA. the following summer of 1947 they were married in the catholic church in ND. Leo worked at Hanford as a security guard and retired after 36 years. His retirement did not stop him from farming his 23 acres until he was 88 years old, after his second retirement his sons took over farming his beautiful land. Leo enjoyed farming, fishing, raising his garden, hunting, and reminiscing about the farm he grew up on in ND. He was a baptized member of the Catholic Church. Leo is survived by children David Differding (Carole) of Yakima, Vicky Charvet of Grandview, Gary Differding of Sunnyside, Linda (Larry) McIntosh of Bridgeport, and Peter Differding (Rose) of Sunnyside. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Leo is preceded in death by his beautiful bride Joanna, his parents, siblings and 1 grandson.

Inurnment service with Military Honors will be held at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA.   A Celebration of life service will be held at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church on Friday, June 28 2019 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heartlinks (Hospice), Wounded Warriors or a charity of your choice. Those wishing to sign Leo’s online memorial book may do so at Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 

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Celebration of Life
June 28, 2019

2:00 PM
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
737 S. 16th St.
Sunnyside, WA 98944

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