"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.