Leo S. Stec, 85, of Tidioute, Pa., peacefully passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at his home.
He was born on February 14, 1928 in Spring Creek, Pa., to Izydor and Josephine Plesniak Stec. He attended the Tubbs Corner Elementary School before joining the United States Army, serving in the Army of Occupation right after World War II in Seoul, South Korea and the Korean War. After the Army, Leo began his long career in the lumber business, working at Tony L. Stec Lumber in Garland where he managed the logging crews up until the mid 90's.
Leo was a 32nd Degree Mason belonging to the Olive Temple Lodge #557, F. & A.M., the former Temple Lodge #412, F. & A.M. where he twice served as Worshipful Master, the Coudersport Consistory of the Scottish Rite, Zem Zem Shrine Temple of Erie, the Colonel Drake Shrine Club of Titusville and the Warren Shrine Club. He was a former member of the Tidioute Volunteer Fire Dept. serving for 14 years, a Limestone Township Supervisor, and a life member, and past commander of the Tidioute V.F.W. Post #8803.
Among his other activities, Leo was an avid bowler. He was on the a team that won the State Championship in 1970 with his brother Frank and participated in the Lilac Tournament in Rochester, New York for many years. Leo also enjoyed golfing and his dogs. His greatest enjoyment though was puttering around his "Shanty", that he and his friend the late Jerry Come built in 1980. It was at the Shanty that Leo hosted the legendary Annual Fishing Tournament Breakfast for 26 years and his Annual Egg toss during hunting season. Leo was a friend to all who knew him.
Leo is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Flint Stec, whom he would be celebrating his 59th anniversary with October 29th; his daughters Terri Stec of Tidioute, Pa., Lisa Mitchell of Nashville, TN., and Tracey (Nathan) Tucker of Tiona, Pa., granddaughters Colette (Scott) Nelson of Youngsville, Pa. and Emily Tucker and her Fiancee Tyler Wagner of Warren, Pa. and his greatgrandchildren Tyler, Bergen Leo and Ryleigh Nelson of Youngsville. He is also survived by his brothers Henry Stec of Garland, Pa., and Frank Stec of Warren and many, many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Veronica and his brothers Walter, Tony and Edward Stec.
Family and friends will be received on Monday (September 23) at the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 314 North Main St. in Youngsville from 48p.m. Members of the Olive Temple Masonic Lodge will conduct their Masonic Ritual at 8p.m. at the funeral home. A private family funeral service will be held there on Tuesday. Burial will take place in St. Jacqueline Cemetery, Tidioute, with full Military Honors being conducted by members of the Tidioute V.F.W. Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pa. 16365, or the Erie Shiners Hospital for Children, 1645 West 8th St. Erie, Pa. 16505, to the Tidioute Volunteer Fire Dept. 224 Main St. Tidioute, Pa. or to your local Volunteer Fire Dept.
Condolences to the family may be made by visiting www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.