Leland C. Shoaf
GRAND DETOUR – Leland C. Shoaf, a wise and wonderful, good-hearted man, died early Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale, Colo. He was 90.5 years young.
Lee was born on July 16, 1922, in Waterloo, Iowa, the only child of Leland and Monica Shoaf. He was raised in Iowa and Illinois before graduating from Ronald Reagan’s alma mater, Dixon High School in Dixon, where he was a star athlete in both football and track.
He also attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942, where he honorably served as a first lieutenant reconnaissance pilot flying a P-51 Mustang in World War II. Lee continued to love flying and airplanes his entire life.
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