George J Leander

June 4, 1930October 4, 2012

George Juneau Leander, 82 of Rockton, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 at Rockford Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family. He was born on June 4, 1930 to Axel and Signe (Axberg) Leander. He was a Navy veteran. He married, and was devoted to his wife, Natalie for 62 years. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union 219, their retirement club and attended many Naval reunions. He was a wood crafter and enjoyed building things for family and friends. He is survived by his children, Debra (Tim) Sheets and Russell (Cheryl) Leander; grandchildren, Amy Arns, Troy (Vanessa) Sheets, Rick Leander and Jennifer (Steve) Baxter, 8 great grandchildren with 3 more on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters and his wife Natalie. Funeral service for George will be at 2pm, Monday, Oct. 8th, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd. Machesney Park. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to service. Chaplain Colleen Poleski will be officiating. Online condolences can be given at


  • Visitation Monday, October 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 8, 2012

George J Leander

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October 14, 2012

Debbie and Russ: I got Debbie's note today and was deeply saddened to hear of George's death. He and Natalie were a big part of Terry and my lives when we lived in Rockford. I offer my deepest sympathies to all the family. George was a kind, gentle man, and I loved him.
Judy Yeager

Bo Smith

October 9, 2012

We were so sorry to hear about George's passing, but we were out of town and unable to be there. We will miss him at the Retirees Meetings. Our sympathies to the family. Ginny and Bob Smith (President of the Sheet Metal Retirees)


October 8, 2012

Miss you grandpa L!

Alison Smith

October 6, 2012

I'm saddened to hear of George's passing. I had the honor of knowing both him and Natalie through Fair Oaks before Natalie passed away. He was a wonderful man and always very friendly. He truly was devoted to Natalie and I very much enjoyed talking to him when he would come visit her. He will be greatly missed

Therese Paul

October 6, 2012

Grandpa was an unique inspiration to my entire family, including my grandchildren. He always thought of others, and truly cared. Grandpa was definately Troy, and Vanessa "buddy". He would visit them almost everyday if not for everyday, and enjoyed their company. My heart breaks for Troy and his beautiful family. George, you blessed many while on your journey here on earth. Enjoy your home with your beloved Natalie. XXOO