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Leo Courshon - 66

Park Forest, Illinois

Leo Courshon. Age 66. Lifelong Park Forest resident, born in Chicago. Graduate of Rich East High School. Received his Bachelor’s in Horticulture from Southern Illinois University. Leo enjoyed growing plants, reading, cycling and spending time with family and friends. Husband for 42 years of Pamela nee Rhoda. Father of Benjamin “Ben” Courshon. Son of the late Cleo nee Tark and Jacob Courshon. Brother of John (Mary) and Jerome Courshon. Uncle and friend of many.  Memorial services will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Arthritis Foundation, 205 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, 60601, or Chicago Botanical Gardens at Info Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights 708-481-9230 and


  • Bonnie

    on 05/13/21

    Hey Lee~ it's been a very long time that we've breathed the same air. It feels strange that you won't be coming home. Really strange. I look around your space- inside and out. You've done good, my friend. You had an excellent "eye" and I celebrate your accomplishments. And of everything that you have done I applaud your and Pam's perseverance at staying together as long as you did. But most of all, the creation of an amazing human ~ your son, Benjamin. What a legacy. Here's hoping that whatever dimension you have landed in has needs for a wonderful gardener. And may the pain be gone. 

  • Doug

    on 05/14/21

    Leo, you leave a living legacy for us. A world of plants for neighbors and friends to share. A tremendous son who gives honor to you and Pam.
  • Nic

    on 05/14/21

    Leo, you were a true one of a kind. Your quick wit and weird humor was a model for me growing up, and your friendship was always a real comfort. Your grace in the face of a painful disease was a quiet inspiration, and your advice helped me navigate a turbulent time with my mother - I will always be grateful for that. And cosign to what Doug said about what you leave for us.
    Finally, much love to Pam and Ben - he was a good man who lived a good life. All blessings. 

  • Nancy W.

    on 05/17/21

    My long time friend, I will miss you for so many reasons eveytime I look at an iris I'll think of you. R I P Leo

  • Judi

    on 05/17/21

    Pam and Ben, I am so very sorry about the loss of your husband and father. He is a was a special and unique person. His ability to helping myself and others to design beautiful gardens and others to also help design other spaces around around their homes. He will be missed
  • Eric gideon

    on 05/20/21

    Omg I've been trying to reach him lately..he was my best friend growing up..the hours we spent playing ping pong...visiting his grandma downtown..reading comic books...biking the in peace buddy

  • Joan W

    on 05/22/21


    We are sorry to hear about the lose of Leo.  He will be missed in the coin community.

    We send our best wishes to you at this time of your loss.

    Rod & Joan Widok  


  • Cynthia

    on 06/03/21

    Leo, Thanks for being a good neighbor and friend.
    And for your ready willingness to share your time and extensive knowledge of coins and of gardening and some local history too. A true generosity of spirit who will be missed. 

  • Cindy Denton

    on 09/05/21

    God Bless you, Leo. My childhood friend, and a gentle soul. We suffered through our 3rd grade teacher together. My condolences to your wife and son.

  • Pamela Pickren

    2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Leo, I am just finding out about your passing. So many memories! Jr.high.. Rich East High School. You will be sorely missed. Soar with the best of them Leo.

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