Leon A. Banks


(April 18, 2004)

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 22 at Greenlawn Memorial Chapel in Bakersfield, Calif., for former Powell resident, Leon A. Banks, 85, who died April 18 in California.

Mr. Banks was born on March 12, 1919, in Cowley. He worked in the agriculture business in Wyoming for many years.

He had a great passion for music. He played many different stringed instruments, focusing on the stand up base. He also played the piano and organ.

Leon enjoyed woodworking, fishing and traveling. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends and special friend Earl Jones, his partner in music.

Survivors include his wife Radine Banks of Bakersfield; daughter and son-in-law Leona and Bob Hestekind of Frenchtown, Mont.; daughter Sue Watts of Woodland, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law Roger and Carolann Banks of Bakersfield, Patti Ashby-Alexander and Dan Alexander of Bakersfield; Bill and Linda Ashby of Wyoming, Bob and Jane Ashby of Michigan and Gary and Suzanne Ashby of Florida; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura; and two children, Lanny and Luanna Banks.