Leon Kenneth Lackey
August 5, 1922 – July 24, 2021
Leon Kenneth Lackey, age 98, of Ferndale, Washington passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Leon was born August 5, 1922.
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Leon Kenneth Lackey
August 30, 2021
He’ll always be Daddy to me. Here I am a grown woman, and I still call him Daddy.
Daddy loved the outdoors. We spent many summers camping, hiking, fishing, clamming and shucking oysters. I always meant to thank him for teaching me how to fish. My expertise in catching and cleaning fish caught me both of the men in my life. My late husband John was an avid fisherman and was impressed with my love of oysters, he said that when I ordered them on our first date, he knew I was the girl for him. The first communication my current love Steve and I had was “I see you like to fish, so do I” So thanks Daddy, I couldn’t have done it without you.
Daddy was extremely mechanical and handy. I recently attended my high school reunion and ran into an old neighbor who remembered the mechanical reindeer who struggled to pull Santa onto our 2nd story roof at Christmas time. Using his coveted “Popular Mechanics” magazine for the plans, he created this display using plywood and an old lawn mower motor. He also created a little girls dream kitchen using coffee can ends for burners, old thread spools for knobs, and a hinged door for the oven. I played with that daily for hours.
In closing, I want to share my most treasured memory of daddy. Shortly before my wedding day he took me aside and quite seriously told me to “be sure to enjoy each other as a couple before you have children, life gets complicated after kids”. I hugged him tight and told him I loved him. He told my mother later that it felt really special to him that I told him that. From that day on I never left my dad before hugging, kissing him and telling him I loved him. Recently, his response would be “I know you do, or you wouldn’t put up with me”. I will always “put up with you” daddy. It was such a blessing to be able to care for you during these last few months and I will cherish that time with you for the rest of my life.
Rest in Peace daddy
Linda and Jim Berman and family Berman
August 28, 2021
My husband, Jim Berman, is the son of Margie Nebeker Lackey. Such a loving husband was Leon. I know he loved his first wife deeply, and that after her death, he fell in love with Margie Nebeker and was a devoted husband to her also. He was a man of principles — dedication, respect, honor, commitment and above all love were in his tool box of life. If you were in his family or were his friend, he loved all of you unconditionally and with great depth. Two small things I remember as I reflect on his love . One was how he adjusted every pair of earrings that Margie wore so that they wouldn’t pinch her ears. The second tiny but magnificent thing he did for Margie was to bring a maple bar to her every morning at the nursing home. There he cut it into tiny pieces so that she could eat it without choking. Tiny displays of love from a big hearted man who made Our Grandma Margie so very, very happy until her passing. Because we are so far away in Arkansas, his love and devotion to Margie gave us peace of mind, as our daughter Catherine Berman Edwards put it. Rest In Peace, Leon . You have truly been a blessing to us. Linda and Jim Berman, Catherine Berman Edwards, Craig Edwards, Mia Edwards, Stacia Berman Campbell, Brian Campbell, Braden and Cooper Campbell.