PLEASANT HILL, CA (Jan. 25, 2024) — Leonard Wyatt Burnand Jr. died Jan. 13, 2024, at age 92 at Carlton Assisted Living in Pleasant Hill.
He was born Aug. 5, 1931, in Chicago to Olive Scott and Leonard W. Burnand Sr., the second of three children.
After graduating from Maine Township High School, he entered the U.S. Air Force. He met and married Gabrielle Leroux while stationed in France. He completed various tours in California, England, Texas, Thailand and Germany. A veteran, he served during both the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring after 23 years as a master sergeant.
He continued in data processing and computer operations in the banking industry until he retired from work.
Church had become a large part of their lives after he married Gabrielle. You could find him involved as a greeter and usher, or often in the background supporting Gaby with her many handmade banners at Faith Lutheran Church in Castro Valley. Their love of the Lord was often reflected in faithful attendance of Bible studies.
After his wife died Feb. 23, 2020, just shy of their 66th anniversary, Len’s health declined. He decided to move to an assisted living facility near his daughter.
Len is survived by his children, Veronique and Michael Schutz, Stephanie and Brian Anderson and Pierre Burnand. He is also survived by his brother, Arthur and Pat Burnand, and many nieces and nephews. In death, he joined his Lord, his wife Gaby, his granddaughter Valerie Beth Giese and sister Lorraine (Burnand) Lobenhofer.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 399 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.