Leodies Jordan Jr. was born on July 27, 1964, in Joliet, Illinois, the offspring of the union of Leodies Jordan Sr. and Anna Elizabeth Thompson Jordan. He was affectionately referred to by those who knew him as Junie, a reflection of his being named in his Father’s honor.
Leodies attended Union Elementary Grammar School and graduated from Joliet Central High School in 1983. While at Joliet Central, he participated in their Jr. ROTC Program and following graduation served in the Illinois National Guard. Leodies later enrolled at DeVry Technical Institute where he earned a Certificate in Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance. He had a natural knack for working with his hands and had an innate ability to repair any type of appliance or equipment. In addition to that, although he did not have formal culinary training, Leodies was known for his skills in preparing all kinds of meals and enjoyed doing so for his family. Leodies had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed a good prank and playing the role of a jokester with friends and family. At the same time, Leodies could be expected to quickly correct someone and put them in their place if they were out of line.
Leodies genuinely loved spending time with his family. Whether it was preparing meals or entertaining them with his musical skills, nothing was better than just being around family members and they found immense joy in having him nearby. His presence served as a source of encouragement to all, and he was never hesitant to do whatever he could to help those in need.
Leodies was predeceased by his father, Leodies Sr.; his grandparents Henry and Mamie Hudson and George and Carrie Brass, of Joliet, Illinois; and a special friend Ann Olivia Lucas. He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved Mother, Anna E. Jordan of Mattoon, Illinois; two sisters, Malinda Tolbert (Bernie) of Buffalo, New York; Pamela Pettigrew (Harold) of Mattoon, Illinois; and two brothers, Vincent Jordan (Lori) of Hampton, Virginia; Ryan Jordan of Atlanta, Georgia, a step-brother Julian Howard of Cairo, Illinois; an uncle Nathaniel Qualles of Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as his aunts Mary Ann Craig and Lillie May Craig, both of Joliet, Illinois. Leodies is the Father of two cherished children, Leodies Jordan III of Joliet and Patricia Jordan of Buffalo, New York. Leodies is also survived by his two grandchildren Amber Jordan and Leodies Jordan IV as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has.” - Epictetus
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