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Leo Till Obituary
World War II veteran, Leo A. Till, 95, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Service: 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Rita Catholic Church. Visitation and rosary: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Leo was born on June 11, 1919, to Ida Jentgen Till and Edmond Till in Pilot Point. He was their fourth of five children, and only son. He grew up on the family farm and although they experienced the difficulties of the Great Depression, his parents were resourceful and honest people, and they successfully navigated through those hard years. Upon graduation from high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country throughout World War II. In 1942, while on leave in New York City, he met the love of his life, Bette Salaki, - right before being shipped overseas. The last three of his five years service were in heavy combat in Europe and North Africa. Heroic encounters were held close to his chest, but were revealed by the records. He and Bette had corresponded regularly and when he returned they reconnected and were married on June 25, 1946. They established their home in Fort Worth where they had three children, Barbara, Mary and David. They lost their daughter, Mary, tragically in 1983, which had a profound effect on the Till family. Leo worked at Santa Fe Railroad for 20 years, and finished his career working for Bell Helicopter in logistics until retirement in 1984. Leo was a devoted Christian of the Catholic faith. He was a founding parishioner of St. Rita Catholic Church. A man of strong character and gentle spirit, Leo provided well for his family. His attitude of kindness and generosity were obvious in his humble presence. He epitomized warm acceptance and honored others - always. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette, and daughter, Mary. Survivors: Daughter, Barbara Turner; son, David Till and wife, Cheryl; grandchildren, Natalie and Austin Till; sister, Cathy Mize; and many nieces and nephews.
Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 4, 2014
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