- 21 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 6, 1990
- Date of passing: Jan 6, 2012
|Let the memory of Brian be with us forever|
Sergeant Brian Leonhardt, 21, of Merrillville, died in Afghanistan on Friday, January 6, 2012, while serving our country. He was a member of the 713th Engineer Company of the Indiana National Guard. He was born on March 6, 1990, the sixth of eight children. Brian graduated from Hammond Baptist High School, where he was a standout basketball player, in May 2008. Brian is survived by his wife, Dianne, of Schererville; his parents: Robert Leonhardt, Jr., of LOFS and Marie Leonhardt of Merrillville; two sisters: Theresa (Keith) Stoneback of Crown Point and Jackie of Merrillville; five brothers: Chuck (Christy) of Knox, Randy and Robert III of Crown Point, A.J., of Plymouth, and Trevor, of Merrillville; seven nieces and nephews; grandparents; and a huge host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Brian followed in the footsteps of his older brothers and enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 2007. He was deployed in November 2011 to Afghanistan where he served as a Combat Engineer. Brian loved life, especially spending time in Chicago, playing basketball, entertaining his nieces and nephews, and playing "Battlefield" on his PS3. His fondness for Oakley sunglasses, nice shoes, neon green, and Mountain Dew is legendary among his family and friends.
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