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Retired pastor and wife lauded for dedicated service

"I told him what to say," he said. Then with a serious expression, he added, "This is a bittersweet moment for Ruth and me - we feel for you, pray for you."

He promised to return occasionally and preach. Then he pulled out a card and read its contents.

"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away; old lawyers never die, they just lie; old preachers never die, they just run out of steam."

Dinner prepared by parishioners followed in the church's Fellowship Hall, and a good time was enjoyed by those attending, about 120 people. We'll always be thankful that the Leonards for being such a vital part of the Warrensburg Free Methodist Church.

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