Leo was born February 26, 1926 in West Frankfort, the son of Leo Adolphus and Laura Margaret (Mayberry) Grider. He was united in marriage to Joyce Ardelle Ehnert on January 12, 1946 in Marion. She preceded him in death on September 1, 2000. Together they shared 54 years of marriage.
Leo was retired, having been a journeyman lineman for IBEW Local #702 for 22 years.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served his country honorably during WWII. He was a member of the Freedom Freewill Baptist Church south of Marion. He was an ordained Freewill Baptist Church Minister for over 50 years.
Leo enjoyed spending time outdoors. He liked to tinker on cars and tractors. He had a passion to read the Bible on a daily basis. Leo’s family and serving his Lord was the love of his life.
Leo is survived by his thirteen children, twenty-nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren James (Verna) of Perkasie, PA; Daniel (Jessica), Danielle and Davina; Debbie, Denise (Nathan), Andrew, Aaron, Aidan and Davin, Robert Grider of Edina, MN; Cory, Bennett, Melanie (Philip) of Herrin, Chris (Amanda), Michael and Asheton, Shannon (Jeff); Linda (Barry) of Springfield, Barry Jr., Norman; William (Elizabeth) of Leesville, SC, Stephen, Jonathon, Claire; Judith of Marion; Matthew (Dianne) of Marion, Sarah; Thaddeus (Jenny) of Backus, MN, Kelsey, Molly, Abby, Josey, Libby; Rebecca (Tom) of Panama City Beach, FL, Megan (Adam), Jaxon; Jeffery (Stanzy), Tommy; Timothy (Sheila) of West Frankfort, Ethan, Trent, Kendall; Joel (Carol) of Marion, Ben, Julie; Malla (Scott) of Boiling Springs, SC, Taylour and Kyleigh; and Nathanael Grider of Marion;
brother, Charles of Lakeland, FL.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren, David Grider and Savannah Hock; four brothers, William, Louis, Edward and Dennis Grider; two sisters, Eva Lorena Squier and Clara Dean Reynolds.