John was born and raised in Lancaster, PA. John's father, the late Eugene Leonhard immigrated to America from Germany in 1928 and met and married the late Frances Cramer Leonhard. John's mother Frances was a lifetime resident of Lancaster County.
John grew up on N. Plum Street in Lancaster and helped in his parents' home-based bakery business with his brother, Albert and sister, Fran. He graduated from J. P. McCaskey High School in 1962 and then worked for several years with his father at Holsum Bakery until the Spring of 1966 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
John served aboard the U.S.S. Hunley and was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. He was honorably discharged in May of 1970.
Upon returning to Lancaster County, he worked at Lancaster County Marine in Akron. It was during this time that he met Karen A. Gravenor, and they were married on November 22, 1972. In March of 1974, John joined the staff of Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals.
While John worked, he attended Millersville University in PA and Catonsville Community College Mortuary Science Program in Maryland. He attained his Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Licensure in October of 1980 and is currently the President and Licensed Supervisor of the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals.
John and Karen have two children, Paul Andrew Leonhard and Polly Suzanne, wife of Carl Longenberger; and three grandchildren, Hayden Kenneth Leonhard, Piper Suzanne Leonhard and Caleb John Leonhard. They are also members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ephrata.
John is a member and past-president of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association, member of the Pennsylvania and National Funeral Directors Associations, member and past-president of the Ephrata Lions Club, member of Post 429 American Legion in Ephrata and is a 32° Mason and member of the Ephrata Blue Lodge #665, Lancaster County Shrine Club, Reading Consistory and Rajah Temple Shrine.
Paul Andrew Leonhard
Licensed Funeral Director and Vice President
Paul Andrew Leonhard was born and raised in Ephrata, PA. He is the son of John A. and Karen A. (Gravenor) Leonhard. At an early age, his parents started calling him "Andy" and he still goes by that name today.
He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1996 and from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000. He attended the Funeral Service Education Program at Northampton Community College where he was awarded the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Award at graduation on May 1, 2001.
Andy was licensed as a funeral director in September of 2002 and joined the Paul L. Gravenor Home For Funerals as a third-generation funeral director with his grandfather, Paul and father, John.
Andy married Kristi Sweigart Leonhard on October 26, 2002. They have three children, Hayden Kenneth, Piper Suzanne and Caleb John and an American Staffordshire Terrier named Dutch. They are members of Mellingers Lutheran Church in Schoeneck.
Andy is a member of the Lancaster County Funeral Directors Association (President - 2009), Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Ephrata Lions Club and the Lebanon Valley Sportsmen Association.
In accordance with the National Funeral Directors Association Code of Professional Conduct, we acknowledge and adhere to the obligations of the funeral profession in five (5) key areas, which follow an Ethical Principle that sets forth the goals and ideals of the profession.
These obligations are:
I. To the Family Ethical Principle: Members have an ethical obligation to serve each family in a professional and caring manner, being respectful of their wishes and confidences, being honest and fair in all dealings with them and being considerate of those of lesser means.
II. For the Care of the Decedent Ethical Principle: Members have an ethical obligation to care for each deceased person with the highest respect and dignity, and to transport, prepare and shelter the remains in a professional, caring and conscientious manner.
III. To the Public Ethical Principle: Members have an ethical obligation to offer their services and to operate their businesses in accordance with the highest principles of honesty, fair dealing and professionalism.
IV. To the Government Ethical Principle: Members have an ethical obligation to maintain strict compliance with the letter and spirit of all governmental laws and regulations that impact the funeral consumer, the funeral profession, and the public health.
V. To NFDA Ethical Principle: Members have an ethical obligation to promote, participate and support the National Funeral Directors Association in its mission to help all members enhance the quality of funeral service to families.