Leonard ‘Scrubby’ Lebow, Sr.

Leonard ‘Scrubby’ Lebow, Sr.Leonard “Scrubby” Lebow, Sr. (85), of Chino Valley, Ariz., went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2017, due to complications from pneumonia.

Scrubby was born in Pinetop, Ariz., to Olen and Helen Lebow on June 9, 1932. He retired from the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, in 1989 after four years of Navy active duty and 26 years of DOD civil service as an electronics engineer manager.

Scrubby was a passionate advocate for education and, after retiring, worked as a substitute teacher in order to foster and encourage learning in younger generations.

Scrubby had several hobbies including hiking, gardening and fishing, but his true passion was writing and playing music. He was a gifted musician, playing five different stringed instruments, and was a lifetime member of the Arizona Old Time Fiddlers Association. Scrubby and his wife, Linda “Rosebud” Lebow, enjoyed creating music with others, bringing joy and happiness wherever they went. Scrubby helped many others in their discovery of the joy of music and often used his musical talents to raise money for local charities.

Scrubby loved telling jokes and bringing smiles to those around him; his sense of humor and laughter were contagious. Friends and family enjoyed spending time with him listening to his wonderful music, stories and antics. Scrubby was a source of strength and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his daughter, Lorraine Fagen.

He is survived by his wife, Linda “Rosebud” Lebow of Chino Valley, Ariz.; sisters and families of Joy Lovelady and Mavis Halkyard of McCloud, Calif.; son Leonard (Cheryl) Lebow Jr. of Oklahoma City, Okla.; son Bill (Zoe) Long of Ridgecrest; daughter Janette (Marty) Bates of Shalimar, Fla.; son James (Heather) Long of Chico; Cyndi (Dave) Gale of Turlock. Also surviving him are grandchildren William (Jessica) Mathis Jr. of Inyokern; Vivian (Patrick) Browning of Pahrump, Nev.; Sage (David) Allen of Beverly, Mass.; Kevin Lebow of Reno, Nev.; Craig (Erin) Engel of Enid, Okla.; Breanna (Dusty) Cahill of Moore, Okla.; Jennifer (Paul) Nehls of Oklahoma City; Mitchell Long of Seattle; Amy Long of Ridgecrest, and Samantha and Emma Long of Chico; along with many nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at a date to be determined.

— Submitted by the loved ones of Leonard ‘Scrubby’ Lebow

Story First Published: 2018-01-12