Leonard Sabato, 81, formerly of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at Memorial Mission Hospital. A native of Forbes Road, PA, he lived in Henderson County since 1973. He was a son of the late Leonard and Anna Robosky Sabato, and the husband of the late Ann King Sabato who died in 1992. He was also preceded in death by five brothers and sisters. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and the Henderson County American Legion and VFW. He was a Marine veteran, serving during the Korean War. For seventeen years he managed Army-Air Force Exchange Services in Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, and numerous stateside bases. Upon returning to Hendersonville, he managed Shermanís Superette on Dana Road.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Sabato and his wife Candy of Swannanoa, Dale Sabato and his wife Kim of Hendersonville; a daughter, Cindy Dorn and her husband Dennis of Flat Rock; seven grandchildren, Laura Sabato, Sarah Haren, Ashton Sabato, Millie Sabato, Matthew Dorn, Andrew Dorn, Tiffany Dorn; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be at 3:00 pm Thursday in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Rev. Mark Hunnicutt will officiate. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post #77, Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post # 5206, and DAV Chapter 14. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 pm prior to the service in the chapel.