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Lester Liman "Rusty" Leard

Rusty Leard

Lester Liman “Rusty” Leard, 72 of Medford, Died Friday February 11th, 2022, at Rogue Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 14,1949 to Elisa Janie Cornett and Earl Bold Leard in Bakersfield California.  He moved to the Rogue Valley as a young boy.

Rusty graduated from Medford Senior High in 1968, where he excelled in sports such as football and wrestling.

Soon after High School Rusty was married, then drafted by the Army and served in the Vietnam War.  He served a two-year tour of duty and returned home in 1971.

After Returning home He became the proud father of Brandi Leard and Jared Leard. He worked for the Railroad and went on to college to earn an Associates degree in Environmental Health.

He found a passion for the restaurant business, owning and operating Big Als, and Rusty’s Country Kitchen. It was there that he met the love of his life and soon to be wife, Vickie Svaren.  They were wed in August of 1985.

After restaurants, he was a salesman, a distribution business owner, a contractor, and a real estate broker.  In his free time, he coached many baseball and softball teams, hunted, fished, golfed, and began the North Medford Club Wrestling association. Rusty was a master of many trades and excelled at all of them.  

He was proceeded in death by his mother, father, six sisters and four brothers. 

Survivors, His wife Vickie Leard, of Medford; his daughter, Brandi Leard of Central Point; his son Jared Leard and daughter in law Lora Leard of Grants Pass; his sister Patty Moore of Pensacola; and two brothers, Ken Leard of Coos Bay and Earl Leard of Rogue River; Five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was a loving and well-respected Husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  To know him was to love him!

A memorial service will be held at The Eagle Point National Cemetery (2763 Riley Rd. Eagle Point, OR 97524) on February 28 at 11:00 AM.  

A Celebration of Life will follow at Ashpole Community Center in Eagle Point. (17 S. Buchanan  Eagle Point, OR 97524)

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Your so missed ! Six months
without you, such a huge void in my life & my heart hurts like crazy..💜 Love your wife Vickie.

Vickie Leard Aug 11 2022 10:20 PM

Happy Birthday to you in heaven! There will never be another Love like yours!!
I miss you so much. 💜
Your wife Vickie

Vickie Leard Jun 14 2022 9:50 PM

Still unbelievable! It's hard to imagine a life without you. I miss you so very much.I'll Love you forever .💜

Vickie Leard Jun 9 2022 9:15 PM

You've been gone from us for two months already, not a day or hour goes by without thinking of you, I miss you ! I'll Love you forever till the end of my days.!💜

Vickie Leard Apr 10 2022 9:48 PM

Rusty , there are really no words to describe how much we miss you, but we do think you for a lifetime of special memories .

Tipler Judy Feb 27 2022 9:16 PM

Rest in Peace Rusty. Our condolences to Brandi, Jared, and all the family. From Catherine and Patrick Teahan

Catherine Feb 27 2022 7:40 AM

Uncle Rusty was truly a special soul. He was full of charisma and charm. I will always think of him when eating a potato and onion sandwich and when I hear the song "Old time of Rock and Roll". That man could cut a rug!

Lisa Kuhn (Kerr) Feb 25 2022 10:26 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Lester Leard

Catherine Teahan Feb 25 2022 12:27 PM

So sorry for your loss.

Gary & Linda Johnson Feb 25 2022 12:13 PM

Dear papa, I thank you for doing all that you did for me and being my best friend.You will always be my favorite person and always will be loved.

Maliya Thomas Feb 24 2022 1:19 AM

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