MAHOMET — Arthur L. Leenerman, 95, of Mahomet passed away on Monday (Nov. 4, 2019 at Heritage Health in Gibson City.
Funeral services were at noon Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City with Pastor Jim Davis officiating. Burial with military honors was at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Guests were invited to attend a short celebration of Arthur’s life at the fellowship hall at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sibley following the burial. Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the funeral home.
Arthur was born July 5, 1924, in Sibley, a son of Alonzo Louis and Ida Brucker Leenerman. He married Ethel L. Bryant on July 26, 1969, in Champaign. They were married 47 years. She preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2016. Arthur is survived by his son, Gregory (Susan) Leenerman of Broomfield, Colo., and his sister, Marilyn Gudenrath of Normal. He is also survived by two granddaughters, Emma Leenerman of Grand Junction, Colo., and Kristen Leenerman of Seattle; grandsons, Jason Eaton and Ryan Cooper, both of Palmetto, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren. His stepdaughter, Cynthia Cooper, preceded him in death.
He is additionally survived by many cherished nieces, nephews and friends as well as 317 shipmates from the USS Indianapolis. Special thanks to niece Deb Steinman and friend Greg Bauman for their special support to Arthur as his health failed him.
Arthur served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the heavy cruiser, USS Indianapolis. He was a Radarman 3 class. Arthur survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the closing days of the war. He was one of only 317 sailors who survived the sinking and spent four and a half days adrift in the sea before being rescued. Arthur was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds inflicted during the sinking and his ordeal in the sea.
Arthur was a member of the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization, attending numerous reunions since its inception in 1960. He has been honored in several of the books and documentaries about the sinking of the ship.
Arthur was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed gardening, and he grew trees from seedlings which he planted at Mount Hope Cemetery in Sibley.
Condolences may be offered online at www.rosenbaumfh.com.