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LEON PATRICK MOLLOY

St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery
Clinton County, Iowa
Uploaded 9/21/2008 by
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The Clinton Herald Tuesday March 19, 1940 p. 5 Leon Patrick Molloy, 37, 3018 Cleveland street, died unexpectedly at his home at about 7 a.m. today. Death apparently was caused by a sudden heart attack probably aggravated by a cold with which the deceased had been slightly indisposed the past few days. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a solemn requiem high mass in St. Irenaeus church but burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Irenaeus cemetery followed by services in the home. The body will be in the home this evening and will be returned to the home Wednesday following the church services. Owing to a conflict with church holy week ceremonials which could not be avoided it was necessary to set the church services for Wednesday rather than Thursday. the former Clinton county attorney's friends were profoundly shocked and grieved today as word quickly passed about the city of his untimely death. He had been prominent for the past 10 years in Clinton county democratic political circles and served as the county prosecutor for one term in 1937 and 1938, achieving a singularly successful record while in office. Prior to his tenure, he was assistant county attorney under Edward C. Halbach from 1930 to 1936. The deceased was born in Clinton Jan. 21, 1903, the son of Charity and Patrick Molloy. He was preceded in death by his father in 1931. Graduated from Lyons high school in 1922, Mr. Molloy entered Creighton university, Omaha, Nebr., in 1923, and graduated with a law degree in 1928. He returned to Clinton where he took up the practice of law with offices located in the Iowa State bank building, Main avenue and North Second street. He became eminently successful in his chosen profession and had built up a splendid and growing practice. During his school years the deceased was active in athletics a favorite and better known as "Tubby" with his friends and teammates in baseball, football and other sports. He was a member of St. Irenaeus church and of the Lyons club. He also formerly belonged to the Gyro club of Clinton. Known and respected for his many admirable traits, Molloy was kind, human, generous and charitable. He was a successful prosecutor but, as he often said himself, he was more constituted as a defender than a prosecutor for his nature was one bound up in sympathy for those in trouble. Yet during his two years in public office, he never lost a criminal action started by his office. It was one of the best records ever made by a county attorney here. One of Molloy's last acts was typical of the loyalty of which he was characteristic. He took up the case of a political associate at Monday evening's Lyons club dinner where he introduced William E. Greene, democratic candidate for mayor, at the request of a mutual friend. The introduction proved to be nearly the last words he uttered and he handled it with dispatch and his customery thoroughness. Following the dinner and program he complained of feeling fatigued and left his friends to go home. During the night he was restless and for that reason Mrs. Molloy did not call him at the usual hour this morning. It was about 9 a.m. when she discovered his death. A doctor was summoned but it was found life had been extinct for some time. Besides his mother and wife, the deceased is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Harry (Rachel) Vetter, Mrs. Ray (Mary) Rickoff, Mrs. Harold (Genevieve) Lawlor, Miss Irene Molloy and a brother, Raymond P. Molloy, of Clinton. A sister Winifred, preceded him in death in 1926. The former Mildred Weaver, Morrison, Ill., and the deceased were married Dec. 30, 1937, in Clinton. It is of a rather recent date that the couple had moved into their new home which was built for them during the winter.

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