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Leonard E. Eames Jun 17, 1936 – Sep 28, 2014 RIP

Longtime ITTHC member and past ITTHC president Len Eames died Sunday evening, September 28th. Obituary and service information below.

Please keep Jean Eames and the Eames family in your thoughts & prayers.

Leonard E. Eames, age 78, died on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in Tulsa, Oklahoma surrounded by his children and loving wife, Jean Asbury Eames. Leonard was born on June 17, 1936 in Bedford, Ohio, the only child of Leonard Jackson Eames and Bertha Fair Eames. Living in a rural area, Len was surrounded by the fields and forests of northeast Ohio. Rocks and plants became lifelong interests. Len loved cars. His first cars included a 1938 Plymouth and a 1950 Chevy. He and his best friend Bill Waller enjoyed customizing their vehicles.

As a young man, he worked as an aircraft mechanic at Horn's Flying School in Russell, Ohio where he learned to fly small planes. However, a career fixing planes outside during the winter was a persuasive argument to go to college. He attended Kent State University where he majored in Biology and met his first wife, Carol Ely. He graduated in June 1961 and married Carol a week later. He was drafted into the Army and served two years as a lab technician at Fort Benning, GA. Three children, a master's degree from Kent State in Botany and a Ph.D from Michigan State in Paleontology/Palynology followed.

Len moved his family to Tulsa in 1971 after accepting a position as a Research Scientist with Amoco Production Company. His career allowed Len to travel, searching for rock samples from Baja California to Egypt to Canada. He retired from Amoco in 1994 and soon became an active volunteer at Oxley Nature Center. He shared his love of nature, botany and butterflies with hundreds of schoolchildren over the next 20 years.

Len's hobbies included metal detecting and enjoyed many roles including president of the Indian Territory Treasure Hunters Club and he was an active member of the Tulsey Town Treasure Hunters. He spent many weekends attending treasure hunts throughout the Midwest. One of his proudest discoveries was helping law enforcement search for a knife used in local crime. Len found the knife in tall grass, helping to solve the crime.

Len married Jean Asbury on October 30, 1994. They shared their home with several beloved dogs. He is survived by: his wife, Jean Asbury Eames of Tulsa, OK; daughter, Nancy Eames (Suzanne Grime) of Bowling Green, OH; and sons, David Eames (Kelly) of Lee's Summit MO, and Brian "Chip" Eames (Jan) of Tulsa; grandchildren, Sam, Bailey, Jack and Will of Lee's Summit, MO, and Tyler and Taryn of Tulsa. He is also survived by brother-in-law, Douglas Asbury of Chicago, Ill.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 3, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Oxley Nature Center; Hospice of Green Country; or the American Cancer Society. Stanleys Funeral Home 918-743-6271.


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