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MYERS Leo Joseph Myers of Fort Collins, Colorado passed away March 9, 2013. He was born March 5, 1919 in Normal, Illinois to Genevieve and Leo J. Myers, Sr. In 1944, Leo married Marian Joyce Moore, his Normal Community High School sweetheart. Leo enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served from June 15, 1936 to March 4, 1940 and again from January 15, 1942 to October 1, 1945 during World War II in the North African and South Pacific theaters. He served on four ships: U.S.S. Wickes (DD75), U.S.S. Southard (DD207), U.S.S. Electra (AK4), and U.S.S. Webster (ARV2). He was employed by Herbert J. Moore & Co. (Normal, Illinois), the University of Florida (Gainesville), and the University of North Florida (Jacksonville) from which he retired in 1981. Leo graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Liberal Studies (BA) and Public Administration (MA). He also received a BA degree from the University of North Florida. While living in Jacksonville, Florida, Leo was a member of Arlington Presbyterian Church and the Jacksonville Genealogical Society. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and as the bookkeeper at the church. Leo enjoyed creative writing, camping and bluegrass music festivals. He was also an avid Florida Gator sports fan. He is survived by his four daughters, Sara Myers (David Petersen) of Fort Collins, Colorado, Amanda Myers of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Josie Myers-Atkinson (Joel Atkinson) of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Rachel (Rob) Minteer of Bozeman, Montana, a brother, Roland Arthur Myers, a sister, Ilene Mann, a sister-in-law, Margaret Myers, two grandsons, five step-grandchildren, six step-great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, who died in October 2003 in Jacksonville, his parents, and his brothers, Harvey, Clayton, and Lonnie. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Arlington Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, Florida. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com


Published in the Florida Times-Union on Aug. 25, 2013
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