Lenox Elwin Word

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Lenox Elwin Word, age 84, a long time resident of Rockford, IL, passed peacefully April 9, 2019, in Peoria, AZ. He was born May 5, 1934, in Detroit, MI, the youngest of three children born to William and Zell Word. Lenny, a.k.a “Skinny Lenny from Detroit”, was proud to be a Detroit native. He was a mischievous but brave young boy who would often go into his basement with his cap guns to shoot the monsters that lived there. He served in the US Navy from 1951 – 1955 during the Korean war, a “Tin Can Sailor” aboard the USS Robert K. Huntington (DD-781) destroyer. His tour of duty also took him to France, Italy, Spain, and Greece and remained one his most precious memories. Upon returning home Lenny became a truck driver. He worked for Robert Hansen Trucking for many years as well as other firms. His work took him to every state in the US.

Personable and a little quirky, Lenny had a good sense of humor. He was a crooner, loved to dance, and often was the life of the party. He enjoyed off-track betting and stopping in Mesquite, NV to gamble.

Lenny was chivalrous and respectful of others, especially his mother and his wife, Jacquelynne. He was steadfast in keeping his word and taught his children to do the same. He loved being “Papa Lenny” and was so proud of his son Quinn for his service in the US Navy.

Lenny is survived by his sons, Quinn Coats (Kim), Lance Coats, and Robert Alar; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Zell Adams; step-father, James Adams; wife, Jacquelynne Word; and sisters, Mildred and Norma.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Friday, April 19, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338. The family suggests that donations be made to GarySiniseFoundation.org.

2 Comments on “Lenox Elwin Word

  1. I met Lenny on a trip home from the holidays with Quinn. It was a snowy weekend prior to leaving for the 24 hour drive from Rockford to Long Beach CA where our ship the USS Mt Vernon was in the yards. It was a great visit and it was clear that Lenny was proud of Quinn and his service to our country. Down to earth and not worried about the little things (ie. two kids leaving in a sports car to drive across the country in a snow storm to get to California) he had confidence in us and that was all we needed as we headed back from Christmas break. I don’t understand the loss that you are going through but I do know from my brief time with Lenny that he was proud of the man you became and he is now reunited with your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with You, Kim and the kids. May God be with you during this difficult time. Remember the good times and share those stories with the kids.
    Doug, Lisa, Quentin, Jake and Nora Weiland Mechanicsville, IA

    • Thanks Doug! I remember that well. If I remember correctly, you made ME drive during the blizzard, and we only switched when the weather cleared!! Ha, Ha!! Good times always. My dad always loved my good friends like they were his. Thanks for the kind words.

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