Nelson Everett "Tuffy" Leard

Born: Fri., Feb. 3, 1922
Died: Wed., Jun. 13, 2018


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 17, 2018
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sun., Jun. 17, 2018
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Jun. 18, 2018
Location: Welch Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 18, 2018
Location: Welch Funeral Home

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Nelson E. "Tuffy" Leard, 96, formerly of Slate Lick, South Buffalo Township, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at QLS-West Haven, Apollo.

Born February 3, 1922, in South Buffalo Township, he was a son of the late Merle and Mary (Claypoole) Leard.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served with the 99th Infantry Division in World War II.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Ramagen, Rhineland, and Ruhr Pocket. 

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church, East Franklin Township.

A self-employed contractor, Tuffy specialized in brick, block, and masonry work.  He was a 50-year member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, a former past grand with IIOF #379, Freeport.  He also belonged to the Ford City VFW and the Worthington American Legion.  Tuffy enjoyed hunting and fishing, and took up golf at age 90.  He was a former baseball player for Slate Lick and Martin's Garage.

He is survived by two sons, Michael Nelson (Cheryl) Leard of Worthington, and Allen E. (Lori) Leard of Vandergrift; a daughter, Holly (Bob) Fletcher of Stow, OH; his grandchildren, Christopher Leard, Anna Shuster, Melissa Whitfield, and Abigail Fletcher; and a great-grandchild, Luke Whitfield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel H. (Barto) Leard; two brothers, Robert and Cliff Leard; and two later-life companions, Dorothy Bowser and Audrey Ortmann.

Friends will be welcomed from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, and from 10 a.m., until the time of service at 11 a.m., Monday, in the Welch Funeral Home, 1032 Fourth Avenue Ford City.  Rev. Dan Kaminski will officiate.  Interment will follow in Slate Lick Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Armstrong County Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Armstrong County Honor Guard, P.O. Box 209, Kittanning, PA 16201.  To send an online condolence, please visit

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Lisa Snyder-Thayer
   Posted Fri June 15, 2018
Holly and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Jerry and Carole Hepler
   Posted Fri June 15, 2018
We wish to send our most sincere condolences. We enjoyed knowing such a fine man

Laurie Sober
   Posted Sat June 16, 2018
Michael, Allen, Holly and Family - We are very sorry for your loss and will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Waldo, Laurie, Tracy, Neil, Rowena and Alicia

Lewis Otterman Sr
   Posted Sun June 17, 2018
We are sorry for your loss. He was a cherished friend and mentor. Rest in peace Tuffy

Ray Drake
   Posted Wed June 20, 2018
Tuffy was a hero to me when I was growing up in Slate Lick. Besides the fact he was a war hero, he was a great baseball player for Slate Lick. Always treated me in an equal level, not as a scraggly little kid. Got to meet him at the Slate Lick reunion and told him about him being my hero growing up!
What a great life! Another WW11 hero gone to Heaven, which will now be a better place because he’s arrived!

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