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1934 James 2022

James Leslie Ledford

June 15, 1934 — March 29, 2022

James Leslie Ledford, age 87, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 8:27 am Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at University Hospital in Columbia, MO.

A visitation celebrating James Leslie Ledford will be held at 10:00 am until 11:00 am Friday, April 1, 2022 at the Waters Funeral Home. Burial in the Vandalia Cemetery with full military honor will be held following the visitation. 

James was born on June 15, 1934, in Vandalia, Missouri the son of Claude and Esther (Dunn) Ledford.

Survivors include One Son, Jim (Mariann) Ledford of Vandalia; Two Daughters, Suzanne (Dan) Johnson of Mexico, and Ellen (Concepcion) Levya of Louisiana; his Girlfriend, Alice Hinch of Vandalia;Ten Grandchildren, Andy, Courtney, Sara, James L., Mariah, Joshua, Shaun, Angela, James H., and Travis; and Six Great Grandchildren, Hunter, Raelyn, Katelyn, Madelyn, Gavin, and Able. 

He was preceded in death by his Parents; Daughter, Sherri Hughes; Sister, Shirley Longdon; and Grandson, Jason Tyler Ledford. 

James honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed cardinals baseball, hunting and was an avid gun collector. James had a passion for keeping his cars in immaculate and looking brand new. His biggest love was his grandchildren and spending time with them.

Pallbearers will be Josh Taylor, James L. Ledford, Hunter Burnett, Eric Vaughn, Logan Hultz, and Dan Johnson. 

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association 104 Corporate Lake Drive, Columbia, MO 65203. 

Online condolences may be made to the family on James memorial page at

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Friday, April 1, 2022

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Friday, April 1, 2022

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