Obituary, Thomas Leo

Thomas “T.W.” Leo passed away peacefully April 20, 2014 after a brief illness. Tom was born November 29, 1926 in Youngstown, OH. He joined the Navy as soon as possible after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was one of the youngest crew members on the U.S.S. Franklin. He survived the attack on the Franklin in the Pacific, and proudly attended every reunion of the ship’s crew. Tom married Sara Margaret “Sally” Smith on June 8th, 1947. They settled in Mt. Prospect, IL where they raised their 4 children. Tom was successful as an independent businessman, selling industrial baking supplies. He and Sally retired to their dream home in Southern Pines, NC until returning to the Chicago area in 2006. After retirement Tom was able to devote time to painting, and he created many works of art reflecting his fascination with architectural details and patriotic themes. Tom is survived by his children and their spouses, Dana Leo (Jan Gollins), Scott Leo (Chris Leo), Denise Leo, and Keith Leo (Lynn Bidwell) and by grandchildren Kirsten Leo, Amy Gollins and Matt Leo, as well as many close friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Sally, brother Wally, and son-in-law Johnie Curtis. Services will be held Friday April 25th at 3 pm at the Summit of Uptown, Park Ridge, IL. Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the veteran’s group of choice.

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