Colonel Eason was born in Thomaston, GA.
He entered the Army in June, 1956, and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant through the Artillery OCS in 1958. He commanded four artillery batteries, an artillery battalion, and was the Deputy Commander of the 1st Infantry Division Support Command. He taught gunnery and ballistics at the Artillery and Missile School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, worked in artillery weapons and munitions research and development, served as an advisor, and had various command and staff assignments in Thailand, Vietnam, Hawaii, Europe and military locations throughout the United States. He retired in January, 1977 with twenty-one years of service.
Colonel Eason's awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with 3OLC, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 2 OLC, Army Commendation Medal with OLC, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Service Star and One Silver Service Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Parachutist Badge.
He received a Bachelor's Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Master of Arts Degree from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. from Southwest University.
Following retirement from the Army, he worked as an Economic Developer for the State of Georgia. He earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CED) from the American Economic Development Council, and was also certified by the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP).
Colonel Eason was preceded in death by the late Harmer Oran and Anne Waddy Eason, his sister Andrea Eason and his brother Dr. Harmer Oran Eason, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Ingeborg M Eason; two daughters, one son, one stepson, thirteen grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Bethany House for providing the most comforting and respectful care.
Funeral Services for Colonel Leonard Eason, age 85 of Opelika were held on Wednesday May 17, 2023 at the Town Creek Cemetery in Auburn with the Rev. Tom McLendon officiating.