March 23, 1917 - March 30, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Albert Walter Liszeo, 95, died peacefully on Friday, March 30, 2012, at home in Oklahoma City. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Frederick and Katherine Liszeo on March 23, 1917. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois. His father died when he was 5 years old, and his mother died when he was 13 years old. He moved in with his older brother and learned to be self reliant and independent and basically take care of himself. These traits of self reliance and independence followed him the rest of his life.He was preceded in death by his three older brothers, Robert Liszeo, Fred Liszeo and Herman Liszeo. He joined the Army during World War II and received Field Artillery training while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was in combat in New Guinea and in the Philippines. During his service in the Philippines, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his ability to keep the field artillery guns working even after the enemy would sneak in at night and disable the equipment. During his training at Fort Sill, he met and married his wife, Velma Lee, in Oklahoma City. They were married for 56 years when she died. He is survived by his son, Lloyd Liszeo and wife Nancy of Oklahoma City; and survived by his daughter, Sharon Patric and husband Alan of Yukon, OK. He is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. After he left the military, he went to work at Tinker Field and eventually worked his way up to the Foreman over jet engine welding. These jobs normally required a college degree, but he earned the job without a college education due to his hard work and his mechanical ability. He was a loving Father who always wanted the best for his children. He was known throughout his neighborhood as being very mechanically minded, and he was always helping out his neighbors by repairing their lawnmowers, motorcycles, televisions and many other items. He never expected or received payment and was always glad to help.He loved to go to garage sales and usually spent every Friday and Saturday doing so. He also loved to go to the Northwest Auction every Tuesday night. He made many friends at the auction and has known many of them for over 20 years.He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Elk's Lodge. He was a member of the Baptist Temple Church for more than 50 years and was the Treasurer of his Sunday School class.Several years after his wife's death, he met and loved a special friend, Lennie Malson, of Durham, Oklahoma. She had also lost her spouse several years earlier. They spent many years enjoying each other's companionship and visited every day on the telephone and saw each other frequently.Viewing will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, April 4th and 5th. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Mercer-Adams. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012, at Mercer-Adams Chapel in Bethany, OK, with interment following in Rose Hill Burial Park in Oklahoma City. To share a memory or condolence, visit www.mercer-adams.com. www.mercer-adams.com
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Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 4, 2012