Wes James Leonard 1994 - 2011 Fennville, Michigan

Paid family tribute

Wes Leonard, age 16, died suddenly after playing the basketball game of his life on March 3, 2011. Wes was born on August 30, 1994 in Lawrence, Kansas to Gary, Jr. and Jocelyn (Stahl) Leonard. The family including his younger brother, Mitchell, moved to the Fennville area in 2005. Wes was a junior at Fennville High School and was proud to be a Blackhawk. He was the quarterback #7 for the Varsity football team and #35 for the Varsity basketball team. He was also a proud member of the AAU West Michigan Lakers and was excited about playing in Las Vegas this summer. Wes and his family attend the Fennville United Methodist Church. His family includes his parents, Gary and Jocelyn Leonard; his brother, Mitchell; his grandmothers: Lynne Self of Fennville and Alice Leonard of Holland; his aunts and uncles: Jim and Susan Leonard of Holland and Doug and Edna Stahl of Ohio; cousins: Kayla and Courtney Leonard of Holland and Christine, Ashley, Josh, Nolan, and Ryan Stahl of Ohio; and his many friends and Blackhawk family. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Gary Leonard, Sr. and Gary Self. Friends may visit with Wes's family on Sunday, March 6th from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Fennville United Methodist Church. His service will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at 10:30 AM at the Christ Memorial Church in Holland with Pastor Gary Peterson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Wes Leonard Memorial Fund at Chemical Bank, with which a scholarship or project will be created to benefit youth. Private burial will follow. Wes and his family are being cared for by the Chappell Funeral Home, Fennville. An online registry is available at

This information was provided to the Journal-World as a paid tribute.