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Leonard Shoen

AKA Leonard Samuel Shoen

Born: 29-Feb-1916
Birthplace: McGrath, MN
Died: 4-Oct-1999
Location of death: Las Vegas, NV
Cause of death: Suicide [1]

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of U-Haul

Military service: US Navy

At age 29, with his wife Anna Mary Carty he founded U-Haul in 1945. His sons wrested control of the company from Shoen in 1986. Leonard Shoen had, out of sense of familial duty, imprudently given them majority ownership in the form of voting shares. After a 1988 attempt to regain control, a lawsuit is filed against his sons, ending with a 1994 verdict of $1.47B in Leonard's favor. One year later, the verdict was reduced to $461.8M, forcing Amerco into temporary bankruptcy.

[1] Fatal automobile accident when his car struck a telephone pole on Stephanie Street, near Jimmy Durante Boulevard, in Las Vegas. The coroner ruled the death a suicide.

Brother: Ray
Sister: Bernice Doyle
Sister: Audrey Shaner
Sister: Paula Martinson
Wife: Anna Mary Carty (d.)
Wife: Carol Shoen (until his death, his sole heir)
Son: Mark V. Shoen
Son: Edward J. Shoen
Son: Samuel W. Shoen (m. Eva Berg Shoen who was murdered in 1990)
Son: Joseph Shoen
Daughter: Cecilia Shoen Hanlon
Daughter: Mary Anna Shoen-Eaton
Daughter: Theresa Romero
Son: Michael
Son: Paul F. Shoen
Son: James P. Shoen

    University: Oregon State University
    Law School: JD, Lewis & Clark College

    AMERCO Founder (1945-)
    Friends for Harry Reid
    Defamation (1993)

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