Leonard Ahlstrom

December 16, 1924June 12, 2012


IDAHO FALLS - Leonard Cox Ahlstrom, 87, long-time resident of Idaho Falls, ID died from natural causes on Tuesday June 12th at a rest home in Bountiful, UT.

Born in Cedar City, UT, December 16, 1924 to Tipton Pitt and Lillian (nee Cox) Ahlstrom, Leonard grew up on a small farm near Cedar City until he was called to service in the Army in 1942. Following boot camp, Leonard trained as a radioman onboard B-24 bomber, but he spent the bulk of his military service in Kunming, China working as an air traffic controller. Kunming was the home of the famous Flying Tigers and Pappy Boynton prior to the U.S. entering WWII. Leonard was a long time member of the VFW and Idaho Falls Elk’s club.

Leonard led a very active life to the very end. He was an avid golfer, and bowler and he loved to visit the casinos. Floating down the Snake River with Leonard on a fishing venture became the source of many hilarious stories over the years, by grandson, Shane and son-in-law, Bill. He lived in his own home and drove himself everywhere until just a couple of months ago.

Leonard married Jean Burnham in Cedar City, UT on June 6, 1947. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean and son-in-law Kim Peterson. He is survived by his brother, Harry of Salt Lake City; 2 daughters, Karen (Bill) Hollenbeck of Portland, Oregon and Denese Peterson of Aguanga, California; 2 grandchildren, Shane (Karen) Jaeger and Jennifer (Burk) Reynolds; 7 step-grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Leonard will be remembered as a kind-hearted man who was always willing to lend a helping hand with a friendly smile and kind word. Daddy (grandpa) may your golf scores be low and bowling scores high. We will miss you.

Graveside services will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday June 30, 2012 at Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Online condolences can be left at


  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 30, 2012

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Bruce Stevenson

August 11, 2012

I'm sorry to hear about Leonard. I worked with him many years ago! He taught me a lot. Even though he was a hard worker, he always took the time to teach me new things. He was very kind and very funny to work with. I owe him a lot! I will miss him.

July 31, 2012

I lived across the street from Leonard in Idaho Falls from the time I was 5 yrs old to when I left for college. I loved it when Leonard would come over to visit with my family. He was always glad to see you and had some great stories! Last summer when my dad, Bill, moved to assisted living near our home, I remember him telling me how hard it was to leave his buddy Leonard. They had been "taking care" of each other, and Dad couldn't imagine not having Leonard to share part of his life with. We are grateful that the Lord brought us a friend like Leonard. God Bless.
Josie Gott (Radtke) and Bill Radtke


July 21, 2012

I miss you, Daddy. God bless. Say hello Mom!


July 8, 2012

I met Leonard and Jean while working at Farr's in Idaho Falls. What great people that turned into life long friends. Leonard always had a smile on his face and a pleasant word for everyone. I will miss him and I am so sorry I was out of town during the services. he will be missed by so many but his memories will live on in stories that will be retold, (and embellished) for years to come. I am a better person for having known him. Tom Stott

Corey Radtke

June 30, 2012

I grew up across the street from Leonard, he was part of my earliest memories, and no doubt he had the skinny on me too. He was genuinely happy to see people, it made you feel special to be around him. I pray he's in heaven with the Lord God Jesus.

Donna Cecil

June 30, 2012

I am so sorry that our dear Leonard is no longer with us. Our neighborhood just won't be the same without him. He was our friend from the minute we moved in.
They had the prettiest yard on the street & I learned so much about tending my yard from not only Leonard but Jean too. They had their own little Shangri-la in their backyard.
I loved the story they told about the time they threw their bowling balls off the John's Hole Bridge! And they loved tellin it!
He was VERY proud of his daughters and grandchildren and so excited when they were coming for a visit. I will miss giving him a quick wave & sometimes a brief chat as we both went on our way. Hugs to you Leonard, we love you! Charlie, Donna & Chris Cecil

Deborah Dobbe

June 28, 2012

Our family greatly loved Leonard and will miss him very much. He was gracious, kind, and funny. I will miss our card games and his stories. Debbie Onkes Dobbe and family

Carol Mecham

June 28, 2012

I too bowled with Leonard on a Senior league and he always kept everyone laughing. There was never a stranger for Leonard, everyone was his friend. I agree with the Obituary thoughts from you, his family. May his bowling scores be high with no splits to cuss!
Carol Mecham

June 27, 2012

I bowled in a Senior Bowling League with Leonard. He was always very nice to everyone and laughed with and encouraged bowlers who were on the opposite team. He will be remembered fondly. Ann Grimes