US Navy

Leon Ralph Kanipe

May 8, 1936 ~ June 29, 2021 (age 85)


Leon Ralph Kanipe, 85, of Kannapolis, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021.

Leon was born on May 8, 1936 in Cabarrus County to the late Leonard Kanipe and Edna Mantooth Kanipe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Kanipe.

Leon spent his career as a warehouse operator in the Fiber Industry. Leon honorably served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. Leon was a big fan of the Atlanta Braves and he also enjoyed watching Andy Griffith.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Gail (David) Leonard, David (Lori) Kanipe, and Debra (Jeff) Campbell, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A committal service will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 2, 2021 at Salisbury National Cemetery with Pastor Rafe Allison officiating. Military Honors will be presented by the Navy.

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Committal Service
July 2, 2021

9:00 AM
Salisbury National Cemetery

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