Leo Eugene Stack Jr. (1932 - 2012)

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Leo Eugene Stack Jr., 80, of Inverness, died Nov. 25, 2012, at Arbor Trail Health & Rehab Center. Leo was born in East Gary, Ind., Sept 18, 1932 to the late Leo Eugene Stack Sr. and Geraldine Roark Stack and came to this area in 1972 from Porter, Ind. He was a water testing and certification technician for the City of Inverness and served our country in the U.S. Navy. He was the last surviving charter member who created the Inverness Moose Lodge No. 2112 and also was a member of the Eagles Lodge. He created the curriculum for the waste water management certificate program at the Withlacoochee Vocational School. He was an all around intelligent person who loved worldly travels and was an avid participant in conserving our natural resources. Most of all, he was a loving husband to his wife, Ruth whom he married on Aug. 14, 1984 until her passing on Nov. 11, 2009. He also was a loving father, son, brother, and grandfather. He will be missed in our hearts and lives and always will be an inspirational and loving person in our lives. God bless his gentle and loving soul. We have loving and happy memories of our father.
He is survived by three children, Leo Eugene Stack, III of Ft Myers; Kathy Jo Stack Ganga, Ironwood, Mich.; Lisa Ann Stack Corey, Porter, Ind.; four stepchildren, Charles Mergl, Kingston, N.Y.; Joseph Mergl, Waldwick, N.J.; William and Robert Mergl, both of Inverness; his brother and sister, Ronald J. (Doris) Stack, Titusville and Nona (Bill) Ong, Chesterton, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth on Nov. 11, 2009, and two daughters, Jo Ann Haney and Andrea Louise Stack Clayton. Also surviving, a very special daughter-in-law, Alice Wells, and Walter Wilson, a good friend for 40 years.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, from the Chas E Davis Funeral Home with Fr. Erwin Belgica of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church officiating. Burial will follow in Florida National Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 10 a.m., until the hour of service.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 28, 2012
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