Leonard grew up and attended school in Mitchell, graduating from Mitchell Senior High School. He worked at Rozum’s as a parts man before entering the U.S. Army. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He was a graduate of Officer’s Candidate School and Army Command and General Staff College. He received the Legion of Merit Award, the Army Commendation Medal in 1966 and 1968 and the Bronze Star Medal. Leonard married Georgia “Bonnie” Watts on June 25, 1950 in Mitchell. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in June 1968, and he and Bonnie moved back to Mitchell. He was employed as the director of the YMCA and later as coordinator of student affairs at Mitchell Vocational Technical School. In 1985, he was elected to the city council and in 1986, he was elected mayor of Mitchell. Also he received the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Dakota Wesleyan University. He was a member of Congregational UCC and a former member of the Rotary Club and Optimists Club. Furthermore he received the honor of Eagle Scout, Troop 71 and also was a Boy Scout Leader and junior assistant scour master. L.B. Williams Elementary School is named in his honor. As you can see Leonard Bud was a leader in a variety of ways not only in his professional career but most importantly in the Mitchell community as well.
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