Leland Leslie Ganieany, 79, of Bluford, IL passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, IL. Leland was born November 30, 1941 at his family home in rural Bluford to Leslie Lee Ganieany and Victoria Alene (Donoho) Ganieany. On September 29, 1963 he married Phyllis (Melow) Ganieany, who survives.
Leland became an ordained minister and was a Pastor for over 30 years, having preached at Moores Prairie, Long Prairie, Olive Branch, and served as an interim Pastor/pulpit supply at East Salem. He owned & operated the Ganieany Tire Service in Wayne City for 20 years, was a shop foreman for Allis-Chalmers Forklift Divison in Elk Grove Village, and owned & operated the Ganieany Sawmill in Farrington Township near Bluford. He loved fishing, and was known as “Captain Catfish” to many of his friends. He enjoyed camping, and owned a cabin in the Shawnee National Forest. A mural painting of the cabin is displayed on the west side of the Wayne City Tire Shop. He also enjoyed gardening, timber work, and woodworking. He enjoyed making wooden items such as quilt racks, hope chests, communion tables for churches, but most often he made handmade walking canes. He gave handmade walking canes to many people in the area as part of his ministry. After he retired as a Pastor he continued to attend, and was a member of, the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Wayne City.
Leland is survived by his wife Phyllis (Melow) Ganieany of Bluford, a daughter Vicky Lucille Ganieany-Osuchowski of Bourbannis, IL; a son Lowell Leslie (Adrianne) Ganieany of Bluford, 5 grandchildren: Emilie (Steve) Hays, Sarah (Zack) Keller, Logan Ganieany, Levi Ganieany, and Tori (Ganieany) Osuchowski; 3 great grandchildren: Pete, Cale, and Ripp Hays, 2 brothers: Jerry Ganieany and Luther (Anne) Ganieany, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son Loren Leslie Ganieany on March 11, 1966; both parents, and a sister Una French.
Funeral Services for Leland Leslie Ganieany will be held at 2 PM on Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Wayne City, with Bro. Steve Hamson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the service time at 2 PM on Friday at the church. Interment will be at Union Chapel Cemetery in Texico, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to assist the family with funeral expenses and may be made to Young Funeral Home or to Phyllis Ganieany. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made at www.youngfuneralhomellc.com