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CEDAR RAPIDS - Leo Louis Greco, 89, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, surrounded by his family.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6 at St. Matthew Catholic Church by the Rev. David Beckman, Rev. Mark Osterhaus, Rev. Gerald Condon, Rev. Frederick Fangmann, and Rev. Steve Rosonke. Entombment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. A visitation will be held at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. 
Leo was born and raised in Oelwein, Iowa to Dominic and Mary Napoli Greco on Nov. 1, 1921. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy and was aboard the USS Luce on May 4, 1945 when the ship was sunk by Kamikaze planes off the coast of Okinawa. He married Louise Dugger of Oran, on Aug. 5, 1945, at Sacred Heart Rectory and they lived happily together until her death in January 2008. They had five children, Larry (Judy), Linda Greco-Sanders (Michael), Lou Ann Heng (Frank), Lisa Rehman (Jeff), and Lance (Liesa), 9 grandchildren, Ben (Jen) Greco, Andy (Sandy) Greco, parents of great grandchild Aaron, Kati and Daniel Heng, Alex and Leo Rehman, and Callista, Gabriel and Asa Greco. 
Leo began his lifelong career as a musician and entertainer at age 15, playing for local bands in the Oelwein area. In 1948 he formed Leo and the Pioneers. Sponsored by Kent Feeds, they traveled 10 states entertaining people with a wide variety of music for more than 20 years. Leo began working at WMT radio in 1971. His radio program, Variety Time, has been on the air for 38 years.
"Service to others" was his motto. An honorary board member of Camp Courageous, he worked faithfully to promote their mission, as a recreational facility for individuals with disabilities. He also helped initiate the collection of pop can tabs to raise significant funds for the Shriner's Transportation Fund. He was an avid mall walker and cribbage competitor at Lindale Mall and had a close group of friends there. 
In addition to Louise, he was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Arlene and Theresa, and brother Lou. Surviving siblings include his sister Rose Ratchford of Waterloo and brothers John (Ella) of Oelwein and Pete (Mary Lou) of Maynard. 
He was a friend to everyone he met, and will be dearly missed by those who loved him. Memorial donations may be made to Camp Courageous of Iowa in Monticello or to St. Matthew Church, Cedar Rapids, IA. 
When asked to sum up his life, Leo said, "Say he served the Lord well and wants to thank everybody who has been so nice to him over the years."
The Greco family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers at Hospice House of Mercy, the many doctors and staff at Mercy Medical Center and Dr. Tim Sagers and his staff.
An online tribute to Leo is at www.wmtradio.com and online condolences may be sent to www.cedarmemorial.com.

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Published in Oelwein Daily Register on Aug. 4, 2011.
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August 21, 2011
My condolences to your family. My father was Norbert (Shorty) Pudil and he played sax in the band. I was very young, but I remember Leo being a kind and gentle soul. Fond memories help get us through these difficult times, though not always easy. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Rene' Combs
August 7, 2011
I recently talked to Leo , he wanted to know if he was mentioned in the book I published about the Riviera Ballroom in Janesville. He was of course mentioned in my book and when i told him he was he was quiet pleased I could tell becouse he replied I better get one!! He was very helpful in letting people know my book was published and was so very pleasant to talk to, he will be missed
Debbie Renner
August 6, 2011
wanted to express my families deep condolences to leo's family," Leo and the pioneers", were a part of our lives when we were growing up, they were the best, My folk loved listening to their wonderful music, your in my Thoughts and Prayers, may God Bless and keep you all safe and in his loving arms.
Sandy (Lewis)Phillips
August 6, 2011
Lance, Linda, Larry, Lu Ann, and Lisa:
It was a great honor caring for your father and meeting your family. He was such a sweet man and such a great family. He is a patient I will always carry with me. Thank you for letting me care for him.
~~ Karin RN Mercy
August 5, 2011
To the Greco family - I have many fond memories of watching Leo and the Pioneers on tv in my early years in north central Iowa. I hope your fond memories of him will comfort you now and in the days to come. Thank you for sharing him with all of us!
LuAnn Folkers
August 5, 2011
Lance,

Sorry to hear about your loss. Will pray for Leo and you and your family. Best wishes.

Mike Gannon - Ankeny and UNI
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