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Leo Fikes

1928 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Leo Fikes Obituary
Leo Fikes, 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Graveside service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas. Celebration of life: 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Joe T. Garcia's patio. Memorials: The family has requested that, in lieu of regular remembrances, donations be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675. Leo Fikes "Dutch" was born Nov. 20, 1928, in Dallas. He graduated from Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University where he was a member of SAE Fraternity. He played on the undefeated SMU Southwest Conference Championship football team with Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. Leo founded Fikes Services and became known throughout North Texas as the Potty Czar. Always active in civic organizations, Leo was a longtime member of the Tejas Vaqueros, Rancheros Vistadores, The National Cutting Horse Association, Toast Masters and The Texas Restaurant Association. He was a generous contributor to the Salvation Army, Wounded Warrior Program and was a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sister Program. In the early 1950s Leo served as an Air Force first lieutenant at Camp Gordon, Ga. A favorite activity was a yearly party for all of his Dallas friends at the Dallas Country Club hosted by himself and his good friend Carl Wallace. Leo was loved and respected by all who knew him - a kind and loyal friend who was always there to help someone in need, financial or otherwise. Leo loved his horses and was happiest competing in cutting horse events. He lived the last years of his life with his wife, Judy, on his Annetta ranch near daughter, Lee and son-in-law, Don. Special thanks to those who provided loving care to Leo: Claudia Mendoza, Diana Garcia, Janet McTaggart, Greg Jackson, Brittany Kelsoe, Wesley Stevens who provided happiness through music and Tri Goldthwaite who provided happiness by caring for Leo's horses. Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Clarene Fikes of Dallas; and brother, Jay Fikes of Lubbock. Survivors: Leo is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Lee Martin and husband, Don, of Annetta; stepdaughter, Julia Wade and husband, Mark, of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Walker and William Wade of Fort Worth; stepson, Jamie White of Fort Worth; nephew, Levi Fikes of Lubbock; niece, Toya Drew of Cypress; and nephews, Scott Fikes of Rockwall and Tony Fikes of Cedar Hill.
Published in Star-Telegram from June 27 to June 28, 2014
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