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Leland Puttcamp

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:05 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — Leland Charles Puttcamp, 95, of Princeton passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at home in Wheaton where he was surrounded by, and will be missed by, his loving friends and caregivers.

He was born June 9, 1919, in Dover Township to Charles and Louise (Werner) Puttcamp. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1937. Leland married Rita M. Martin in Columbus, Ohio, on May 15, 1943. Leland served four years in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, two and one half years in England and Germany. After the war he worked for over 30 years as a rehabilitation therapist in Veterans Hospitals in Chillicothe, Ohio, and then Hines, Ill.

Leland was a private man and a naturalist at heart his whole life. A member of the Audubon Society, his grounds were a sanctuary for rare birds and flowers. He also loved studying and writing articles for both historical and genealogical societies. Leland was a strong advocate and longtime sponsor for the St. Joseph's Lakota Indians School and Missions in Chamberlain, S.D.

Leland will be greatly missed by many loving friends.

He was preceded by his parents; his wife, Rita; and one son Charles.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. The family will receive friends during a visitation for Leland from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday July 19, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either the Bureau County Historical Society or the Bureau County Genealogical Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.

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