Joseph Wright DiLeonardo, 78, husband of Sharon Purcell DiLeonardo, of Abbeville, died Sunday, November 7, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Palo Alto, CA to the late, Anthony and LaVina Sartain DiLeonardo.
Mr. Joseph W. DiLeonardo graduated from University of Santa Clara in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. At the same time, he was commissioned as a Reserve Officer in the United States Army. In 1968 Mr. DiLeonardo graduated from University of Santa Clara with a Juris Doctor degree. He commenced active duty in 1968 completing infantry and intelligence training before being ordered to Vietnam in May 1969. Joseph was assigned Chief Order of Battle Section for the 635th MID of the America Division. In June 1970 he was returned to the United States having been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with first Oak leaf; the Army Commendation medal; two Gallantry Crosses from the Republic of Vietnam. Joseph practiced law upon return from his service in the Army. He authored two books, Vietnam War and Red Wave Task Force 2020. Following his retirement, he and his wife, Sharon moved to Angel Fire, New Mexico, where Mr. DiLeonardo worked various jobs and enjoyed helping with the Veterans Parade. From Angel Fire, New Mexico to Elizabeth, Colorado where Mr. DiLeonardo was an active member of the Elbert County, Colorado Republican Party and the Elbert County VFW. Later he relocated to Abbeville, SC. His love of horses, Republican Party, Veterans organizations and his family were well known.
He has been married to his wife, Sharon since 1979, they have one daughter, Christina Ann DiLeonardo and her husband Aaron Gravit; one grandson, Harrison Finn Gavit; four brothers, Anthony, Gregory, Christopher and Carl DiLeonardo; two sisters, Elaina Williamson and Maria Casey.
There are no services planned.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Mr. DiLeonardo, may be sent to the K-9’s for Warriors, 114 Camp K-9 Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
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Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Abbeville is assisting the DiLeonardo family.