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Leonard Edward Monaghan, 83, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. A native of Monti, Leonard was born January 25, 1936, to Francis and Anna (Flanagan) Monaghan. He graduated from Coggon High School in 1954 and served two years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany.
On July 7, 1962, Leonard was united in marriage to Shirley Gavin of Cedar Rapids. Seven children were born to this union. They farmed together near Monti and moved to Manchester in 1996, although Leonard continued to help his son, Brian, on the farm as long as his health permitted.
Leonard was a dedicated member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and St. Mary Catholic Church. He was active in many community and church organizations, including the Buchanan County Pork Producers and the Holy Name Society. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and a good meal, including his wife’s apple pie. While his passion was farming and he built a thriving business, his proudest accomplishment was his family.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Shirley; his seven children, Rene (Mike) Staudacher of Indianola, Carol (Kyler) Killmaster of Midland, Michigan, Brian (Bridgette) Monaghan of Masonville, Maureen (Scott) Dusen of Johnston, Sheila (Patrick) Henrichsen of Des Moines, Sean (Christina) Monaghan of Wichita, Kansas, and Sharon Monaghan of Minneapolis, Minnesota; 18 grandchildren; and his sister, Rosemary McMahon of Richardson, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Anna Monaghan; his brother, Richard Monaghan; his sister, Cecilia VanVooren; a grandson, Nathaniel Monaghan; and a brother-in-law, Ray McMahon.
The family would like to thank the people at the Good Neighbor Home and Regional Medical Center Hospice for their loving care and support during his final days.
For those considering an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Regional Medical Center Hospice or the Monti Community Fund.