Leonard and Hazel Cherry were high school sweethearts and married in January of 1942. Unfortunately, last week they both within hours of each other. Their only grandson, Craig Cherry, said that their love was the “strongest he had ever seen.” He told KWTX, “The two were always smiling and always deeply in love.” No doubt their family is sad, but Leonard and Hazel’s son David takes solace that his parents will be together forever. “It’s kind of hard you know, you can’t pick up the phone and call them anymore, or call mother and can’t go by and see Dad. The more I began to think about it, I began to smile because of how much they loved each other.
Leonard’s health had been failing the last few years. He was moved into hospice care just days before he passed, whereas Hazel was in good health moved into a nursing home just next door to her husband. It’s not clear at this time what caused Hazel’s death.
Leonard was a B-24 bomber pilot during WWII stationed in Fort Worth. After the war, he stayed in the city later owning his own auto repair business. He and Hazel operated the store until 1980, when they sold the business and moved to Woodway, TX in McLennan County to be closer to their son and grandchild.
A memorial service is scheduled for the two on Friday.