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Navy vet Leonard Alan Dexter remembered for living a life of ‘adventure and passion’

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August 29, 2023

Navy Veteran Leonard Alan Dexter is being remembered for his incredible commitment to public service after recently passing away at the age of 79.

Dexter was born on November 6, 1943, according to his obituary. Prior to his career as a police officer and a corrections officer, Dexter’s commitment to his country led him to serve in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Following Dexter’s four years of service in the Navy, he developed a “lifelong devotion to public service” as a police officer and a corrections officer. After serving for over 20 years, Dexter retired with the rank of captain from the State of Michigan Department of Corrections.

Dexter’s life was marked with “adventure and passion” as he pursued the joy of nature through activities such as golfing, hunting, camping, and fishing. Known for “living life to the fullest,” Dexter is described as having an “unstoppable energy” that kept him very active each day.

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Dexter was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Donald, two previous wives, Carol and Virgina, and his brothers Burton and Paul. The Navy veteran and former police officer leaves behind his wife, Beverly, and her four daughters.

Dexter also leaves behind his five children, Donald, Leonard, Tony, Sania, and Janel, as well as Betty Anne, Rex, and Donna, his siblings. Dexter is also survived by his 19 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

“Leonard’s memory is carried in the hearts of all who knew him,” the Navy veteran’s obituary states. “Leonard’s impact on those around him will be deeply missed, and his legacy of service, adventure, and love will be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to share in his life.”

A celebration of Dexter’s life will be held on September 30 in Grand Haven, Michigan. The celebration of life announcement notes that the ceremony will provide an opportunity for people to “celebrate the legacy of a man who dedicated himself to service, family and the joys of adventure.”