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William Martin Arnold + Alice Helen King
Howard Curtis Arnold3 JUL 1887 -- 12 OCT 1965avatar
Anna Lois Hawk7 OCT 1888 -- 17 APR 1973avatar
Marriage9 JUN 1946
based on residence


Lester James2 3 Leachman2 3

Birth19 AUG 1920
Death5 MAR 2008
Aged: 87.5 years
Obituary from Find-a-Grave:
Lester James Leachman, age 87, of Green Valley, AZ died March 5, 2008 at La Hacienda Assisted Living in Green Valley.

He was born in Adamsville, Ohio on August 19, 1920. Les was a graduate of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science.

Lester, the youngest of seven children born to James Henry and Alice Starret Leachman, grew up in rural Ohio. Lester was well known for his lifetime achievement as a pioneer, leader, and breeder of purebred Angus cattle. His portrait was hung November 12, 2007 at the world famous Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery which is the internationally recognized curator of the history of the entire spectrum of animal agriculture. As the largest gallery of portraits in the world that are devoted to a single industry, it is a shining example of the impact of animal agriculture in the United States on the nation and the entire world. Great men from many walks of life are represented in this collection.

Lester is internationally respected as one of the greatest masters in the art of the production of superior beef cattle. The Angus cattle bred by Lester over the course of six decades have significantly changed the beef industry of many nations. Even more importantly, the men who have been positively influenced by this soft-spoken and elegant gentleman have spread his unique combination of sincerity and integrity beyond the confines of agriculture and throughout our society.

Lester worked with and was influenced by his brother Lee Leachman and their long time business associates Allan Ryan and Myron Fuerst, all of whom contributed to the growth and success of Ankony Farms, which dispersed in the 1960's for record prices.

In the 1970's Lester began a new ranching business in Bozeman, Montana with his youngest son, Jay. Leachman Angus Ranch produced many of the high producing sires and dams in the Angus breed during its thirty-five years in business. Equally as important, the art and science of breeding superior seed stock has been passed to son, Jay and on to grandson, Eric Leachman who carries on the family tradition in Montana.

The accomplishments of six decades of cattle breeding by the Leachman Family could fill a book and they did. Lester compiled and wrote No Better Bull, A Chronicle of Family and My Life with the Angus Breed during his retirement years in Arizona.

Lester is survived by his wife for over sixty years Ruth Arnold Leachman of Green Valley, AZ; son William Leachman and his wife Mary of Davis, CA; son Jay Leachman and his wife Cheryl of Bozeman, MT; granddaughter, Tara Leachman Stapleton and her husband Tracy of Davis, CA; grandsons: Eric Leachman and his wife Marlo of Toston, MT, Adam Leachman and his wife Jen of Billings, MT, Joshua Leachman of Davis, CA; great grand children: Connor and Colby Stapleton and Abby and Wade Leachman; sisters-in-laws: Doris (Paul} Jones of Nashport, and Jean{Bill} Arnold of Frazeysburg; numerous nieces and nephews.

In Addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters: Mildred {Wayne} Morrison, Zelma {Homer} Shirer, Gertrude {Ward} Studor, Nelda Mae {Russell} Greiser; brothers Delmas [Gertrude} Leachman and Leland Leachman.

A Memorial service to celebrate Lester's life was held Saturday, March 15th at La Posada's Madera room in the La Vista building, Green Valley, Arizona. Interment will be scheduled at a later date in Adamsville, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends honor Lester Leachman's memory by making contributions to the Angus Foundation, 3201 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, MO 64506 to support the National Junior Angus Association (NJAA).

The Bryan and Snider Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave., is assisting the Leachman family with the local arrangements.


Ruth Charlotte1 2 4 Arnold1 2 4

Birth14 SEP 19221 2 4
ED 0001 Sheet 4A
Reside12 OCT 1965
from father's obit
Death8 APR 20114
Aged: 88.6 years
Obituary from Find-a-Grave:

GREEN VALLEY, AZ: Ruth Charlotte Leachman entered into rest at La Hacienda Nursing Care in Green Valley, AZ on April 8, 2011.

Ruth was born on September 14, 1922 as the youngest daughter of Howard and Anna Arnold of Frazeysburg, Ohio. After her graduation from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Lester Leachman of Adamsville, Ohio on June 9, 1946. The loving couple both from humble farm families built a very successful Purebred Angus Cattle breeding business, which started in the Hudson River Valley of New York and later continued in the beautiful Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, MT. Over the years, Ruth and Lester hosted thousands of visitors and buyers from all over the world who came to inspect and purchase their outstanding breeding stock. Not only was the couple known for their famous cattle but they are long remembered for their world-class hospitality. Most people who knew them could not think of one without thinking of the other.

Her parents; her loving husband of over sixty years, Lester; and her brother, William Arnold of Frazeysburg, Ohio, preceded Ruth in death.

Ruth is survived by her older sister, Doris Jones of Zanesville, OH; her two sons, Bill Leachman (wife Mary) of Davis, CA and Jay Leachman (wife Cheryl) of Bozeman, MT; four grandchildren, Tara Leachman Stapleton (husband Tracy) of Davis, CA, Joshua Leachman (wife Daphne) of Sacramento, CA, Eric Leachman (wife Marlo) of Toston, MT, Adam Leachman (wife Jen) of Billings, MT; and four great grandchildren, Connor and Colby Stapleton of Davis, CA and Abby and Wade Leachman from Toston, MT. Jay, Cheryl, Eric, and Marlo Leachman continue the family tradition and legacy of raising highly sought purebred Angus cattle at their Toston, MT ranch. Ruth also leaves behind numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.

A Memorial Service for family, friends, and staff was held at La Hacienda on April 13, 2011. A Graveside Memorial Service is planned for family later this summer at the New Hope Cemetery near Adamsville, OH

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  2. FamilySearch Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965
  3. FamilySearch United States Census, 1930
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