Leon C. Svendsen

Worked in Vaudeville

Leon C. Svendsen, born to Tillie and Carl Svendsen on Oct. 2, 1918, died on Jan. 16, 2013. Mr. Svendsen made a lifetime career as an entertainer, juggler, clown and acrobat. Working in Vaudeville, he performed in venues such as Radio City Music Hall in New York and also served as halftime entertainment with the Harlem Globetrotters for 10 years in the 1960s under the direction of Abe Saperstein traveling around the world. In later years he worked with several circuses and performed at Shriners Children's Hospitals as well. Mr. Svendsen was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II in the Aleutian Islands.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Anna; son, Richard; daughter, Debra (James) Luther; sister, Betty; and grandchildren, Aubrey, Jimmy and Nolan Luther.

A funeral service will take place at Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, an Anthony Funeral Home, Fr. David McCarthy officiating. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Northeastern Ohio Arthritis Foundation, 4630 Richmond Road, Suite 240, Cleveland 44128.

Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel handled the arrangements.