Leon Jutras, age 91, of St Augustine, Fla,, passed away on June 27, 2014, at the Grafton House. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Leon was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and awarded five battle stars for serving in five major battles in Italy. His most distinguished award was the Croix de Guerre, awarded to military personnel bestowed by members of allied countries to individuals who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with enemy forces. His unit was instrumental in liberating Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945. After completing service to his country, he returned home to Wolfeboro, N.H., and married his Irish War Bride, Sheila Buckley.
Leon was self-employed in the building and construction industry spending most of his work life in New York City. He is credited with building the YWCA.
In his later years, he was an avid golfer always trying to get better than his sister Marguerite.
Leon is survived by his wife, DeNota Jutras, Florida; and five sisters, Claire Nash, Marguerite Wheeler, Lucia O'Leary, Beatrice Lavery-Corf, and Joey Thurston, all of New Hampshire and 27 nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, wife Shiela Jutras, brother, Nazaire Jutras and sister, Lucille Macolino. Leon did not have children of his own.
A Mass will be celebrated on Aug. 2, 2014, at the St. Katherine Drexel Church in Alton, N.H. at 4 p.m.
Leon was buried in the National Veterans Cemetery in Florida.
Published in St. Augustine Record on July 16, 2014