Joseph Leone

LEXINGTON – Dr. Joseph Paul Leone passed away Friday, February 8, 2013, at Markey Cancer Center.

Services for Dr. Leone will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home, with Rev. Chuck Ellestad officiating. Burial will follow in Frankfort Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

He was a native of Louisville, KY, born to the late Louis and Teresa Fina Leone. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Berenice Barr Leone; son, Michael Barr Leone; and three brothers and a sister.

Dr. Leone graduated Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine and practiced podiatry in Frankfort and Lexington. He was past President of the Kentucky Jaycees, past President of the Kentucky Podiatric Medical Association, past Chairman of the Board of Regents of Kentucky State University, past Chairman of the Kentucky State Board of Podiatry. Dr. Leone was honored with a Distinguished Service Award by Kentucky State University and inducted into the Kentucky Jaycees Hall of Leadership. He served on the City of Frankfort Municipal Park Board for four years, during which time Juniper Hills Golf Course and Park was established. He was a member of Church of the Ascension - Episcopal, past President and member of Frankfort Country Club, and member of the Keeneland Club and Iroquois Hunt Club.

Dr. Leone is survived by his wife, Jo Wheeler Leone; son, Joseph Paul Leone Jr., Frankfort; stepdaughter, Cary Simon (Jon), Lexington; daughter-in-law, Terri Leone, Lexington; two grandchildren, Michael Joseph Leone and Annie K. Leone, Lexington; and step grandson, Robbie Simon, Lexington.

He enjoyed his last few years residing with his wife, Jo, on Summerhill Farm. His favorite pastime was golf, and he was a huge UK fan, but a bigger Yankee fan.

Charles Bush, William Chapman, William Curlin, Mike Deboor, Dr. Gary Neltner, David Obradovich and Dr. Jack van Nagell will serve as pallbearers. Honorary bearers are Fred Bradley and James Gray.

Expressions of sympathy in his memory are suggested to Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40536.

Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at

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