December 2, 1925 to August 5, 2016
Passed away peacefully at the age of 90. He leaves behind two sisters Sylvetta and Myras (Horst), sisters-in-law Heather and Loretta, four children Cynthia, Janet (Richard), Larry, and Richard, eight grandchildren Melissa, Jennifer (Brad), Everett, Kristopher, Shannon (Justin), Angela (Steven), Jordan (Carla), and Jonathan (Sam), fifteen great-grandchildren Brandon, Katherine “K-Lee”, Brooke-Lynn, Damon, Dylan, Danielle, Taylor, Ashley, Jessie, Karmen, Emily, Stephanie, Jayden, Shaylee-Ann, Zander & many nieces and nephews. Leo was predeceased by his father Emil, mother Mary, his wife of 58 years Evelyn, his brothers Larry and Nick, brother-in-law John, nephew Randy, & great-granddaughter Megan. Leo was born in Limerick, Saskatchewan. He was raised on the family farm in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan and at an early age, was taught the value of hard work. At age 18, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he served in the North Atlantic and on patrol duty off Halifax. In 1946, he ended his career with the Navy as Vancouver Harbor Quartermaster. Leo then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and in 1954, he was posted to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. That same year he was posted to RCAF 3 (F) Zweibrucken, West Germany; with his wife and children, they took every opportunity to travel the countries of Europe. After four years in Germany, Leo spent the remainder of his career at CFB Gimli, Manitoba, and retired in 1970. Upon his retirement from the Royal Canadian Air Force, he began a new career in the metal fabrication industry, where he was foreman and actively involved in the union. Leo loved the peace and tranquility of his ranch in Lone Butte, BC, where in the early years, he would spend most weekends. Upon his retirement, he moved up there for the spring, summer and fall. He always had a lengthy to-do list, that never seemed to shrink, and that is exactly how he wanted it. Leo’s face lit up whenever his great grandchildren were around; whether it was going for walks together, giving them treats, or taking them for one of his famous tractor rides, he loved spending time with the children. He could be seen smiling and joking around with them at his side. Graveside Service was held on Monday, August 15, 11:00am at Surrey Centre Cemetery, 16671 Old McLellan Road, Surrey.
Kearney Columbia-Bowell Chapel, 604-521-4881