BOONE, Iowa—Leonard Dean Sternquist, 88, of Boone, Iowa, died at VA Central Iowa Health Care
Community Living Center in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, June 30, 2022. He had been a resident of the Community Living Center since June 7, 2022.
Leonard was born September 19, 1933 in Boone, Iowa, the son of Leonard T. and Mary A. (Metcalf) Sternquist. On April 19, 1956, he married Patricia Lynette Rinehart at First United Methodist Church in Boone, Iowa. Leonard graduated from Boone High School. After graduating, he started working at Sternquist Garage with his father, and when he returned from service, he took it over as owner.
Leonard was a member of First United Methodist Church in Boone and taught Sunday School with Patricia for many years. He had recently joined Berean Baptist Church in Boone. Leonard served in the United States Army during the Korean War from May 1953 to April 1955. During his time in the Army, he worked as a tank mechanic in Tokyo, Japan, and on the islands of Iwo Jima and from Okinawa. While serving, he bought his first guitar, which led to many years as an accomplished musician. Playing guitar with the Blue Notes and later playing banjo with Maple Street 7, the West Des Moines Dixie Land Band and at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in Ames.
Leonard and Patricia fell in love with ballroom dancing while taking lessons with their daughter Susan and her future husband Scott before their marriage in 1981. They went on to teach, compete and enjoy the international style of ballroom dancing for many years. . .
Leonardo was a devoted father. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was known for his funny stories and the silly jokes he always had for them.
Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Leonard T. and Mary Sternquist, and his daughter Anne Marie Sternquist.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia; daughters: Susan (Scott) Moorman and Laura Sternquist; grandchildren: Justin, Parker, Connor, Brittany, Blake, Alyssa and Taya; 13 great-grandchildren; and his brothers: Don Sternquist and David Sternquist.
Private family funeral services with military honors will be held at Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested at the VA Central Iowa Heath Care Center.
Online condolences can be left at www.schroederfuneral.com
Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home, 609 7th Street, Boone, Iowa is assisting the family with these arrangements.