In memory of

Leo Staton

March 13, 1929 - August 12, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
Leo Staton

Leo Staton

Born: March 13, 1929
Died: August 12, 2020
Age: 91
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   Leo LeRoy Staton, age 91 of Sac City, IA, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, at Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake, IA.

   Leo (Red) was born on March 13, 1929, to parents George W. and Florence (Manska) Staton. He attended school in Sac City, where his was in the graduating class of 1947. After graduation, he went to work for the  Paul McCorckle Construction Co. In 1950, he enlisted in the United States Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 81st Airborne Division. After being honorably discharged in 1953, Leo moved to Michigan and worked for General Motors where he advanced to skilled trades as a pipefitter in plant maintenance.

   On February 6, 1954, Leo married Shirley Swieter of Lake View, IA, and they made their home in Lansing, MI.  Their love for traveling blossomed as they explored and camped in the upper and lower parts of Michigan.  To this union, a daughter, Valerie Kay, was born. His little family was the center of his world.

   After 33 years with General Motors, Leo retired and moved back to Sac City with his family to be closer to his extended family.  Leo and Shirley would spend their winters in Texas to which they were blessed to create friendships with many across the Midwest.  With their love for travel, they were fortunate enough to be able to see almost every State of the Union and several Provinces in Canada.

   Leo loved to golf, travel, camp and play cards, but his true passion was the enjoyment of helping others.  He loved the Lord and did much volunteer work for the church by cleaning and repairing/replacing things where needed when he was able. Leo spent many hours at the fairgrounds mowing as a service to the community, a task that he found great pride in.  All who knew and loved him will certainly miss him.

  His love for his family was his greatest blessing.   His life was forever changed when he was named grandpa.  Leo loved to visit his grandchildren whenever possible.  He enjoying attending any event in which they were involved in.  Completing his heart was when his great granddaughter Brynlee Rae was born.   

   Leo is survived by his daughter, Valerie (Mark) Hartman of Merrill, IA; grandchildren: Makenzie (Robbie) Thomsen of Thurson, NE, Joshua Drost of Sioux Falls, SD, and Addison Hartman of Merrill, IA; great-granddaughter Brynlee Thomsen; sisters JoAnn Vauble of Sac City, IA, and Marilyn Mentzer of Early, IA; many extended family members and friends.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; 5 brothers; and 3 sisters.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Ferguson Cemetery
Lake View, Iowa


Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:49 AM
“My heart is forever broken with the passing of Leo & Dolly. They were not neighbors, they were family.”
- Linda K Marsh
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 11:16 AM
I'm so sorry foe your loss.
Uncle Leo was a great man and will be missed by many.
Donnie Vauble”
- don vauble
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 2:33 PM
“Leo and Shirley gave us a piano that had been in their basement. That piano has changed the trajectory of our children's lives. One is in college studying music education with a piano emphasis the other is active in band and show choir. The piano is in our living room and is played daily. I also remember their commitment to the church and their great love for each other.”
- Vicki Fisher
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“So sorry to hear of Leo's death. Had so many good years in TX with him and Shirley, He was a great guy and will be missed.”
- shirley Ramhorst
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“Dear Valerie, I had the privilege of meeting your Dad when my Dad, Russ Kroeger was at Twilight Acres and I was always touched by his positive outlook. He got such a kick out of watching our granddaughter (2) play in the TV room. I didn't realize how much he loved to travel and know that gave him great joy. He will be missed. Sincerely, Mike and Sue Snodgrass”
- Sue Snodgrass
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:41 AM
So very sorry to hear of Uncle Leo’s passing. My deepest condolences to all your family
- James Hammer
Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:41 AM
“RIP uncle leo. You and dad have a wonderful journey together.”
- Lisa marie fogarty
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“A very good friend for many years. I'll miss him.”
- Tom Lake
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“I am sorry for your loss.”
- Warren Birt
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“Sorry to hear about your Dad passing. We have tried to look him up different times when we were in sac, We have our memiories of them both enjoyed their friendship ”
- rebecca fertig
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