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Lt Col. Leon Binder (USA, Ret.)

Died: 2/5/2011

At the age of 95, Lt. Col. Leon Binder passed away at home on Saturday, February 5, 2011, surrounded by his family. He died as he lived–with pride and dignity.

Leon was born in Philadelphia, PA, on July 26, 1915, son of the late Rachel and Harry Binder. He was the last survivor of four brothers. As a very young man, he joined the US Army and served at Fort DuPont in Delaware City. He spent his time in the cavalry and often said that he peeled his fair share of potatoes, too. While there, he played football and was known as Jeep Binder. He went from the rank of Private to Lt. Colonel during his career.

Leon served in World War II, was stationed in Japan after the war, and then went on to the Korean Conflict. He was awarded the Bronze Star at this time for his extraordinary efforts in keeping supply lines open. After retiring from the military with 23 years of service, he began a second career with the Delaware State Unemployment Commission, where he retired after 20 years.

Active in his community, Leon was a longtime parishioner of St. Pauls R.C. Church in Delaware City. As a dedicated Lion and member of the Delaware City Lions Club, he held many offices over the years and was the District Governor of Lions District 22 D from 1972 to 1973. With great love and devotion, he served the Eye Bank of Delaware (sponsored by Lions Clubs) and was a member of the board of directors until the time of his death. He was also a member of Robert L. Taylor Post 13, American Legion, in Delaware City.

An avid football enthusiast, Leon held season tickets at the University of Delaware for more than 50 years.

In addition to his parents and brothers, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Georgina M. Press Binder, with whom he shared 67 years. A grandson, Donnie Janiszewski, and great granddaughter, Molly Boutin, also passed before him.

He leaves behind a family of 2 daughters, Virginia Bootsie Boutin (Ted) of Milford, and Marie Janiszewski (Bob) of Delaware City; 7 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 7 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Thursday, February 10th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 214 Clinton Street, Delaware City. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12 noon at St. Pauls R.C. Church, 209 Washington Street, Delaware City. Interment will be in Old St. Pauls Cemetery, Delaware City.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Bank of the Delaware Valley, 401 N. Third Street, Ste. 305, Philadelphia, PA 19123 or to the Delaware City Lions Club, P.O. Box 336, Delaware City, DE 19706.

To sign guest book, visit SPICER-MULLIKIN FUNERAL HOMES & CREMATORY 302-328-2213

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