Rodney Conant Leland passed away peacefully after a brief battle with pneumonia, on December 22, 2005. He was born on October 9, 1924 in Marlborough, Massachusetts and spent his youth in Northborough, Massachusetts.
During WWII he served under General Patton as a forward observer in the infantry for the 4th Armored Division, earning a bronze star. Following the war, he married Jean Orsburn Galloway, whom he had met while stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, prior to his deployment.
Rod earned his bachelors and masters degrees at Cornell University and Columbia University, respectively. Following his graduation, he embarked on a career in geological exploration worldwide, first with the (then) California Company of Standard Oil, then with Tenneco Oil Company. His career took him to four continents and increasing responsibilities in the challenging search for oil and gas. He always took his family with him and they had many adventures while living in foreign lands. He retired from Tenneco as a Vice President, in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Following his retirement, Rod and Jean moved to Melvin Village, New Hampshire and the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee, where they lived for fifteen years. He was involved in many projects and organizations, including a water quality testing program with the University of New Hampshire, the Tuftonboro Conservation Commission, and the Carillon Shores Community Association. He and his wife led active lives in New Hampshire and their home was always open to family and friends. They had recently returned to Texas.
Rod was married fifty-eight years and is survived by his wife, Jean Galloway Leland; his daughter, Anne Leland Arndt and grandchildren, Heather Jean Arndt and Matthew Galloway Arndt of Conroe, Texas; his son, Rodney Conant Leland Jr. and daughter-in-law, Margaret Ranson Leland and grandchildren, Rodney Conant Leland III, Robert Carlyle Leland and Elizabeth Anne Ranson Leland of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Roger B. and Lainie Leland; his sister and brother-in-law, Sarah E. and Arnold Cawley and numerous nieces and nephews. Rod was a wonderful husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and his friends throughout the country.
Rod's stories were legendary. He loved his family dearly and treasured the visits by his grandchildren and their accomplishments. His advice usually was, just do whats right and he always followed his own advice.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2005, at Cashner Colonial Chapel. Interment will follow in Garden Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Monday, December 26, 2005 at Cashner Funeral Home.