Leonard R. Lacy, know as Len to his friends, was born in Los Angeles, California on April 27, 1942. Following the end of WWII, Len and his parents, Faye and Virgil Lacy (nee Ackman), moved back to the Midwest, where Len was raised in Overland Park, Kansas. Following college at Brigham Young University, Len joined the Air Force, where he met Sandra Lance during officer’s training. They were married in 1966 and raised two sons, Alan and Andrew. Len was widowed in 1999.
Len was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he faithfully served in many callings. Probably his favorite service was as Scout Master. Even in his 70’s, Len could be found at monthly campouts and annually at various scout camps supporting the young men of Church, as well as his two sons and two grandsons, Connor and Aidan, all of whom attained their Eagles.
In 2001, Len married Marshia (nee Rutherford), and following his retirement in 2006 from YRC Worldwide, where he was a systems analyst, Len and Marshia moved to Richmond, Missouri, where he resided until his death on Friday, October 20, 2023, from complications resulted from a stroke he suffered in 2022.
Len and Marshia loved to travel, having visited every state, except Hawaii. In 2012, Marshia finally persuaded Len to take a cruise, where they added Alaska to their list of states. Having dragged his feet for several years before that first cruise, Len began planning for the next cruise even before they returned home. Despite his stroke, Len and Marshia continued cruising through June of this year, with Marshia wheeling him around. But more than cruising, Len loved serving at the temple. Len and Marshia served as ordinance workers at the St. Louis Temple for 4 years before the Kansas City Temple was constructed and then served in the Kansas City Temple, from 2012 until 2020, where Len served as an Assistant Shift Coordinator. When not working at the temple, they could be found serving as patrons. And when taking one of their many road trips, they would visit temples along their way.
Len was predeceased by his parents and baby sister, Lynn. Surviving him are his wife, Marshia, son Alan and wife Dena Lacy, of Richmond, Missouri, son Andrew, currently of Ventura, California, grandson Connor and wife Emily Lacy of Kansas City, grandson Aidan Lacy of Richmond, and great-grandchildren Whitney and Tommy. Len was a most loving family man and gathered family around whenever possible. He loved Sunday dinners with family gathered around the table. And if you were a friend of Len’s, you knew you had a friend for life.