Colonel Leroy B. Mattingly, USA (Ret.), age 90, a resident of Colorado Springs since 2000, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Village at Skyline. Leroy Baity Mattingly was born May 17, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas to the late Leroy and Ruth Baity Mattingly. He was a graduate of Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, Texas and attended Rice University until he enlisted in the Army during WWII. He later went on to finish his degree at the University of Omaha. He married Jennive Lepick on December 18, 1943 while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Colonel Mattingly entered the service during World War II. He served in the artillery in Korea and as a Public Affairs Officer in Vietnam. Included in his numerous military awards and decorations are two Legion of Merit awards and the Bronze Star Medal which was awarded to him for exceptionally meritorious service while engaged in combat operations in Korea. Jen and Leroy moved 27 times during their more than 32 year Army career with three tours in Germany and many additional assignments throughout the United States. He enjoyed world travel, golf, writing, gardening and his family. He will be best remembered for being a true gentleman; he possessed the highest standards of honesty and integrity and his kindness and generosity will not soon be forgotten. He is survived by his children: Sharyn Mattingly of Santa Monica, California; Michael Mattingly of Houston, Texas; and Stephanie (husband David) Wright of Colorado Springs. He also has six grandchildren: Rachel (husband Craig) Byrd, Nichole (husband Chris) Waters, and Chance Mattingly of Houston, Texas; Charmaine (husband Dan) Nessel of Santa Monica, California; Kristen Wright and Kelly (husband Nestor) Bravo of Denver, Colorado; and eight great-grandchildren. The Colonel was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Jennive, in 2008; and his brother Billy. Colonel Mattingly was forever grateful for the Nurses and CNA's at "the Village" that took such wonderful care of him in his last five years of life. Graveside Services with Army Honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013 at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area B, in Denver. Memorials in his name may be made to: Army Emergency Relief 200 Stovall Street, Room 5S33 Alexandria, VA 22332-0600 www.aerhq.org Online Condolences: ShrineOfRemembrance.com
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Published in The Gazette on Mar. 24, 2013