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Leo S. Sunada - Faculty

Wenatchee World, The (WA) - December 24, 1996

Dr. Leo S. Sunada, 64, of Bellevue and formerly of Issaquah and Wenatchee, passed away at home on Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, following an extended heart illness.

Dr. Sunada was born on April 11, 1932, in Green River, Wyo., the son of Morijiro and Toku Sunada. He was raised in Green River, where he graduated from high school and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Dr. Sunada served with the United States Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict. Following the war, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in education at Colorado State College. He worked in Colorado as a high school principal. Later, he received a master's degree in business administration at Utah State university and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Before his retirement, he was employed as a school administrator for the Department of Defense Overseas School System, working in France, England and Germany. His love for children of all ages was unsurpassed.

While he was in France, he met Carol Freeman, and they were married in Washington, D.C., on July 25, 1967. He and his family moved to Wenatchee in 1992, where he served as district commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. They moved to Issaquah in 1995 and more recently to Bellevue. Dr. Sunada was very active in the V.F.W. and received numerous awards for his involvement, including the coveted All-American Post Commander award.

Dr. Sunada is survived by his loving wife, Carol, and by his son Mori Sunada, both of Bellevue; two brothers, George and his wife, Susan Sunada of Logan, Utah, and Dr. Kayo and his wife, Jean Sunada of Denver, Colo.; two sisters, Edith Sunada of Green River, and Agnes Tabuchi of Reliance, Wyo.; and his father- and mother-in-law, George and Eileen Freeman of Wenatchee. He was preceded in death by one son, Jiro S. Sunada, in April of 1996.

Arrangements are by Flintofts Issaquah Funeral Home.