"Raylan," published in 2012, now stands as his final novel. Leonard had been at work on a new book called "Blue Dreams" that again would have featured Raylan Givens, the recurring Stetson-wearing U.S. marshal.
"Justified" star Timothy Olyphant attended the funeral, which he described as "lovely." Olyphant said he was a "huge fan" of Leonard's books and that he "felt very blessed to have known him."
In addition to the program, funeral attendees were handed a small card that listed Leonard's "10 Rules of Writing," which long have been quoted by aspiring — and existing — authors. Among the rules: "Never open a book with weather," ''never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue" and "try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip."
A number of speakers Saturday referenced the list during their remarks, including Lupica.
"I'm going to leave out the parts that a dear friend of mine would have expected me to skip," he said before reading a New Testament verse.
Following the service, Leonard, who served as a Navy seaman during World War II, was given military honors, which including the playing of taps and a flag-folding ceremony.
He lived "a great American life," Lupica said.
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