Leo Garner Thrall

Hale, Michigan
August 21, 1923 - September 12, 2020

Visitations

Visitation for Leo will take place from 12:00 Noon until the time of the ceremony at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Service Location

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 407 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739

Services

Funeral ceremony for Leo will take place at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 407 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan 48739. Reverend Dean Muhle will officiate. Interment will follow in Esmond Evergreen Cemetery in Hale, Michigan with military honors by the Hale Area Honor Guard.

Obituary Notice

Leo Garner Thrall, age 97, of Hale, Michigan passed away Saturday morning, September 12, 2020 at Hale Creek Manor in Hale, Michigan.

Leo was born August 21, 1923 in Charlotte, Michigan to the late George Henry and Mabel A. (Bolock) Thrall. He graduated high school and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on December 4, 1942. He was a photographic laboratory technician until his honorable discharge on January 2, 1946. Leo married the former Meda Ellen Willis on May 12, 1949 and together raised two children, Steve and Ann. During his working years, Leo was a photogrammeter taking and developing aerial photographs of the landscape and established road systems to carve new roads or improve existing roads for the State Highway Department. In his spare time, Leo collected coins, enjoyed crafting, travelling to “up north” cottages, working different projects around the house or cottage, and most definitely spending time with family and friends. He was known to not miss an event or activity if able for one of his grandchildren or great grandchildren. In 2005, Leo and Meda moved to the Hale area to be closer to family during their prime retirement years. They were the first residents of Hale Creek Manor and Leo was the longest resident to date.

Leo is survived by his children, Steve (Judy) Thrall of St. Charles, Michigan, Ann (Bruce) Bernard of Hale, Michigan; grandchildren, Christopher Bernard of Hale, Michigan, Douglas (Julie) Bernard of Hale, Michigan, Anna Thrall of Webberville, Michigan, and Ed (Mary) Lynes of Saginaw, Michigan; great grandchildren, Brenden Bernard, Chloe Bernard, Erica Bernard, Sean Bernard, Ellie Bernard, Caydence Rager, Gavin Rager, Landen Rager, and Macee Lynes; numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Meda Ellen Thrall on March 5, 2016; brother Harold Thrall; sisters, Genevieve Town and Evelyn Cameron.

Visitation for Leo will take place from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 407 South Washington Street, Hale, Michigan. Funeral ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dean Muhle officiating. Interment will follow in Esmond Evergreen Cemetery in Hale, Michigan with military honors by the Hale Area Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hale Creek Manor, 3191 M-65, Hale, Michigan 48739. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com

Memorials

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hale Creek Manor, 3191 M-65, Hale, Michigan 48739.

Cemetery

Esmond Evergreen Cemetery, Hale, Michigan

Condolences

So very sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. He will be missed by many.
— Don & Margy
Our Hale American Legion and Auxiliary really enjoyed seeing Leo at Christmas time and giving him presents and a new patriotic hat each year. We will dearly miss him. May God be with you at this sad time.
— Marlene Noll Polishak
Ann & family - We are so sorry to hear of dad’s passing. God’s blessings to all of U & know he is @ peace & with mom now smiling down on all of U. Peace be with all of U. Much love!!!!
— Robert & Sandy Tallian
Leo was a kind man. He shared his memoirs with me one day and it was fascinating learning of the work he did with the military and in his civilian life. His absence will be felt by everyone at the Manor. My condolences to Ann and his loved ones.
— Judi Ranney
Sorry to hear about Leo’s passing. We always enjoyed talking to him at Hale Creek. We met Leo while we were both working at Kochers. He loved his donuts. We talked to him about going to Brimley. He will surely be missed.
— Bill and Connie Fowler
What a great picture! 🇺🇸 Sincerest condolences to all who love him.
— Annie and Doug LaPine
Rest-in-Peace Comrade, your service with United States Army Air Corps is greatly appreciated by our nation.
— Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5678 Tawas City

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