Leo Roger Harrington
October 31, 1924 – December 17, 2020
Leo “Roger” passed away from Covid-19 at age 96. Born to Faye and Earl Harrington in Vail, Iowa, he graduated from St. Anne’s High School and immediately joined the US Army. He served in Europe during WWII, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal for the Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate a concentration camp, and awaited service in the Pacific Theatre in California, when victory was declared. He returned to the family farm and then moved to Omaha, where he married Ruth Ann Gerken of Arcadia, Iowa in 1949. They lived in Omaha ever since, except for winters in Mesa, Arizona and various domestic and international trips. He studied at an accounting school in Omaha and then worked for Producers Livestock until he retired in 1989. After retirement, he and Ruth attended many of the annual reunions of the 104th Infantry Division. He was an avid golfer, devout Catholic and dedicated family man. A true gentleman, always kind and quick to smile, he never had a bad word for anyone. He was a member of the St. Joan of Arc and St. Gerald churches, Sunset Valley Country Club and Kiwanis Club. He is survived by his wife (Ruth), his children Tom (Susan), Carol (John) Smolsky, Jan, Jim (Marcia), and Katie (Dave) Logue, as well as 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Of his six siblings, only his sister, Joan Adams of Vail, survives.
Due to the pandemic, no memorial service is planned at this time.
The family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Eastern Nebraska Veteran’s Home.