Leonard F. Vires, 86, Army veteran, machinist

July 11, 2005

Leonard Franklin Vires, an Army veteran and retired machinist, died of lung cancer Wednesday in Cockeysville. He was 86.

Born in Trout, W.Va., Mr. Vires attended high school in West Virginia. He served in the Army and participated in the Normandy invasion. He later worked as a machinist for Harry T. Campbell, now LaFarge North America, a cement company, for 38 years until his retirement.

Mr. Vires, who had lived in Cockeysville since 1945, was a member of the National Rifle Association and the Parkton Post of the American Legion.

Mr. Vires and his wife, Luwanda Dixon Vires, married in 1945.

Services were held Saturday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Eugene Vires of Cockeysville; a daughter, Wanda Len Vires of Manchester; four sisters, Pauline Welden of Butler, Helen Cole of Cross Lanes, W.Va., Vandora Baldwin of St. Albans, W.Va., and Josephine Jarrett of Plano, Texas; and three brothers, Carl Vires of Hampstead, Russell Vires of Long Green and John Vires of Lewisburg, W.Va.

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