Leon Alma Tilley
Leon was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Burley, Idaho, the son of John W. Tilley and Rulla Marshall Tilley. He attended school in Burley. He married Bette Kaiser on Feb. 9, 1952, in Burley. Together they had three children, Shawna, John and Shelley. They divorced in 1997. Leon then married Ellen Henderson on June 1, 1999, in Ely, Nev. Joining this union were Ellen’s children, Julie, Vickie, Marie and David. Leon enlisted in the United States Army post-World War II and spent time in Germany. He spent most of his years working in mining as a general repairman and later as a maintenance foreman at Kennecott Copper Corp. Leon enjoyed fishing, traveling, visiting and remaining in contact with all of his extended family, telling stories, playing cards and spending winters in Arizona.
Leon is survived by his wife, Ellen Tilley of Rupert; his children, Shawna K Anderson of Twin Falls, Idaho, John (Margie) Tilley of Sandy, Utah, and Shelley (Melvin) Pedersen of Burley, Idaho. He is also survived by stepchildren, Julie (Clyde) Hardinger of Las Vegas, Nev., Vickie Jensen of Shoshone, Idaho, Marie (Fidel) Alcala of Murtaugh, Idaho, and David (Shauna) Henderson of Albany, N.Y.; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Merlene Crandall of Beaverton, Ore., Corwyn (Melva) Tilley of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Ellis (Kay) Tilley of Boston, Mass., Nyles (Merla) Tilley of Burley, Idaho, Irvin (Graciella) Tilley of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Marsha (Rod) Lowder of El Mirage, Ariz., and sister-in-law, Donna Tilley of McCammon, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant granddaughters; two infant great-granddaughters; and siblings, Ralph Tilley and Baby John Tilley.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Burley LDS West Stake Center, 2420 Parke Ave., with Bishop Jeffery L. Harris officiating; urn placement will follow in the Paul Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the church prior to the memorial service. Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home and Crematory in Rupert.
The family would like to thank the staff at Cassia Regional Medical Center and Dr. Boehmer for the care that they provided. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Burley or Rupert senior center.