Albert K. Leonard

Albert K. Leonard died at his home in Coupeville Aug. 24, 2002, following a lengthy battle with cancer; he was 75. He was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Vallejo, Calif., to Kenneth and Bernice (VanValkenburg) Leonard. He graduated from Oregon State University (BS) and had a masters degree from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Leonard had 25 years of service with the Bureau of Land Management of the U. S. Department of Interior. He was in charge of many environmental impact statements in the Western U.S. including Alaska.

Albert was a 23-year resident of Whidbey Island. He built his own home from trees on his property and pursued his great interest in wooden boats.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his wife Edith at the family home, Coupeville. He is also survived by five children: Mary Hallman (Andrew) of Manassas, Va.; John Leonard (Patricia) of Glenview, Ill.; Brian Leonard of Edmonds; David Leonard of Anchorage, Alaska; and Thomas Leonard (Maureen) of Tualatin, Ore. In addition, two half brothers, Michael McCluskey of Tucson, Ariz., and Daniel McClusky of Stone Mountain, Ga., and seven grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Leonard requested no formal funeral services be conducted. Cremation was held with private family inurnment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana, 59004. Arrangements are under the direction of Burley Funeral Chapel, Oak Harbor, Washington. This obituary may be found on-line at