Leland Joseph Underwood


    Leland Joseph Underwood of St. James, Missouri was born November 11, 1934 in Rolla, Missouri to Samuel Edward and Thelma Inez Wools Underwood and passed away Friday, November 5, 2021 at the age of 86 years.


    On October 10, 1959, in St. James, Missouri he married Barbara Ann Norris.
    He worked for McDonald Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri for many years in later years he worked as a drill press Operator at the Switzers Plant in Rolla, Missouri and retired from the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, Missouri.
    Leland loved the outdoors. He enjoyed cutting wood with his sons and family. One of Leland’s projects was buying a three-story house and removing the top two floors and moving it and living in it for many years. He loved to build and using timbers from old houses and build homes for his two sons.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara on March 26, 2018.
    He is survived by two sons, Randy Underwood and wife Joyce of St. James, Missouri and Gary Underwood and wife Debi of St. James, Missouri; two grandchildren, Lee Gardiner and Mario Ramirez; other relatives and friends.
    Visitation was held at noon on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
    Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with Brother Craig Rippy officiating. Music was provided by Jena Huizinga.
    Pallbearers were Phil Branstetter, Steve Branstetter, Justin Hodge, Doug Daniels, Clifford Keasling Jr. and Rick Huizinga.
    Burial was at the Underwood Cemetery near the family home.
    Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.