OBITUARY

Leon Maurice HARDEN Jr.

August 17, 1947June 24, 2017

Leon Maurice Harden, Jr., of Kansas City, MO died June 24, 2017. Leon was employed for 30 years with Southwestern Bell, retiring as Regional Vice-President, External Affairs. He served as Treasurer/Board Member for the South Suburban Basketball Association, Board Member on Kansas City Crime Commission and various other organizations, Surviving Spouses and Family Endowment ( S.A.F.E.), and Second Chance. Leon was a former NFL player for the Green Bay Packers from 1969-1972. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. Leon was preceded in death by his parents Leon Harden Sr. and Betty Rose Harden. Survivors include: wife, Andrea Harden; children: Rachael Riley, Lisa Harden, LeDrea Harden, Leon Maurice Harden III; brothers and sisters: Shafaah Maghfirat, Ronald Harden Sr., Linda Paul, Donna Nelson and Janet Harden; 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be 11 am with visitation from 10-11 at St. James United Methodist Church 5540 Wayne St., Kansas City, MO 64110. A repass will be held at Swope Memorial Golf Course, 6900 Swope Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri, 64132. Arrangements under the direction of Mt Moriah, Newcomer & Freeman Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • Memorial Service Thursday, June 29, 2017
REMEMBERING

Leon Maurice HARDEN Jr.

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Tom Jambrosic

July 8, 2017

Andrea & Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the highest respect for Leon, a fine man with the greatest of attitudes, never shirked a task. My life has been enriched by knowing him. May the Lord give you peace.

Sincerely

Patrick Geschwind

July 4, 2017

I worked along side of Leon in the late 90's at SBC. As others have shared, he was a true gentleman. I don't remember any conflict in the workplace around him. Sure, he was one of the strongest guys around physically, but he never even hinted at using it. He was a true champion for the phone company, the manager who made 9-1-1 an every day part of peoples' lives. Most people cannot even imagine a world before 9-1-1. Thank Leon!

He was so much fun, too! We had a great time at our corporate olympics, getting second place city wide in the tug of war!

RIP, Leon! You were a class act!

Sandra McMillan and famuly

July 4, 2017

Andrea...so sorry to hear about your husband. Thoughts and prayers.

Mike Brady

July 2, 2017

I was so sad to hear about Leon's passing. My condolences to Andrea. Leon was so strong, on and off the field. He was a really tough guy who never had to act tough. Such a gentleman, he treated everyone with respect. He reached out to me when I was sick. He will be missed by so many people.

Liliana Barrios

June 30, 2017

It was my greatest pleasure to enjoy Leon's company during the 2016 UTEP Homecoming Football game. My sincere condolences to his family.

Eve Spearman

June 29, 2017

My condolences to Leon's family. My family first met Leon more than 50 years ago when Leon attended Pratt Community College. Anyone else remember those unique jerseys Leon brought back from KC to sell?

I've not lived in Kansas in three decades, Leon often in his travels stopped in to see my Mother. and brother George. It was at George's funeral 8 years ago that I had the opportunity to give Leon a hug and thank him for making the trip to Wichita to personally express his sympathy to the Williams family. I remember his dismay at George's passing at the young age of 66.

Now here we are again dismayed to learn of Leon's passing at the young age of 69. So heart wrenching! Rest In Peace.

Leon was kind and compassionate. A well mannered gentleman with a big heart, mellow voice and equally mellow chuckling laugh.

Family , may your memories bring some comfort as your grieve Leon's passing. May you cherish your time with Leon; I am grateful to have had Leon touch my life.

Eve (Williams) Spearman
Peoria, AZ

Bob Gerecke

June 29, 2017

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Leon. He was a gentleman and a great family man. He will missed by all.Our prayers are with you at this difficult time

Gregory Baker

June 29, 2017

I knew Leon Harden very well. I met him back in 1970mwhen I retuned to KC from the military. He asked me if I played football, I said yes and he invited me to play him the National Men's Two hand Touch football league in Kansas City, Missouri. We played in tournaments together until we retired years ago. We started playing golf together with other close friends, Hank Young, Floyd Allen, and Ron Curry. Through the years we enjoyed each others friendship and comradery. Leon was known as a teacher and he was always prepared to see an issue and share his thoughts with you. He loved helping children and athletes especially. He made a commitment to coach in south KC through the years. When he was not into football, he was on the basketball court helping young people get better. He loved what he was doing and he enjoyed seeing kids turn into great human beings. Leon was a great model father raising two blessed children and loving his new grand son. He was a proud husband to Andrea, who was his life companion. Watching them roll up their sleeves in sports, work, and the community was a wonderful sight. They were a great team and well yoked Christians. Leon and I talked Chiefs football almost every day until he took sick several months ago. I spent time with him when I was in KC last November at which time he was troubled with pain and no solutions or understanding of what was wrong. All I could do was pray and hope. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as his health deteriorated and he would not recover. I am still is shock at how fast it all went by. Leon was a great man, a class act, a person of high moral character, a giver, and a lover of his community. He was the brother I never had and will miss forever. He never raised his voice around me and when he did talk it was like the mellow sound of the wind of a cool summer night. May he rest in peace and know that I am not saying good by, rather so long until we meet again. God bless you and the family. Always Greg Baker

JoEllen & Dave Elliott

June 29, 2017

We were saddened greatly by the news of Leon's passing. He was my first supervisor at SWB. Our condolences to the family.

June 29, 2017

My sincere regrets to Andrea and the family. I'll always remember what a terrific and smiley friend Leon was. Our prayers and thoughts are with you regarding your loss.

Dino Dinovitz (San Francisco, Ca)