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Leona B. (Shambaugh) VanZile

January 9, 1934 ~ August 28, 2020 (age 86)

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Leona B. (Shambaugh) VanZile 86, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020, at Laurels of DeKalb in Butler.  Leona was born on January 9, 1934, in Auburn, Indiana, to Ora and Pearley (Reed) Shambaugh.

Leona and her family moved to Butler during her senior year of high school, and  graduated from Butler High School in 1952, and has resided in Butler since that time.  Leona was hired at the Knisely National Bank of Butler where she worked for 32 years.  She met Gary “Red” VanZile, and they were married on September 26, 1959, at the Butler Church of Christ, almost 61 years ago.  In her earlier years, Leona was active in the local Business & Professional Women organization, and the Butler Fire Department Auxiliary.  After her retirement from the bank, they spent time at auctions, flea markets, and all of their grandsons’ events.

Leona, is survived by husband, Gary “Red” VanZile, daughter Coleen VanZile of Auburn, son Michael (Candy) VanZile of Auburn, her sister, Gwendolyn Shambaugh of Auburn, her brothers, Dennis (Betty) Shambaugh of New Haven, and Robert (Nancy) Shambaugh of Rome City.  She is also survived by her grandsons:  Matthew Malott, Skylar VanZile, Landon VanZile, and great-grandchildren:  Reed VanZile and Kinsley VanZile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ora and Pearley Shambaugh, a son Mitchell Ora VanZile, sister,  Virginia Pflueger, brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Connie Shambaugh of Auburn.

There will be no funeral services or calling due to COVID-19 restrictions.  A private graveside service will be held on Friday, September 4, 2020, at the Butler Cemetery.  A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  H.E. Johnson & Son Funeral Home in Butler is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials for Leona B. VanZile are to the Butler Church of Christ, 173 W Oak Street, Butler, IN  46721.



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Private Graveside Service

Butler Cemetery
CR 28
Butler, IN 46721


Butler Church of Christ
173 W. Oak St., Butler IN 46721
Tel: 1-260-868-2687

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