Leon L. Siedlyk
November 3, 1924 – April 17, 2022
Preceded in death by wife, Lucille M. Siedlyk; parents, Stella and John. Survived by daughter, Susan Wickey (Wade); grandchildren, Taylor Putnam (Eli) and Megan Schwarting (Tanner); great-grandson, Titus Schwarting.
VISITATION: Thursday, April 21st from 10am to 11am at Pacific Hills Lutheran Church, followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 11am. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to Omaha Concordia Lutheran Schools.
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Leon Siedlyk was born on November 3, 1924 to John and Stella Siedlyk in St. Edward, Nebraska. Leon had four sisters: Frances Slovenske, Charlotte Thompson, Lorraine Troupe and Kathleen Lively. He was the second oldest and worked alongside his father on the farm they rented outside of St. Edward. Leon graduated from St. Edward High School in 1941 and continued to work on the farm, he could pick 100 bushels of corn a day! In 1946 the family moved to Omaha and Leon started working at Electric Fixture and Supply Company on February 7, 1946. He began in the warehouse, then moved to the city sales counter, then the heating and fixture department. In 1978, Leon and two other employees purchased Electric Fixture and Supply. Upon the retirement of the other two individuals Leon became President of Electric Fixture and started an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Retirement came after 49 years, in January 1995.
Leon met Lucile in 1954 at a Dale Carnegie Event. They began dating in 1955 and were married on October 27, 1956. The wedding was held at the home of Clifton and Anne Batchelder, after a honeymoon to California, they settled in an apartment on Military Avenue. On January 19, 1959 their daughter, Susan Michelle was born. In 1960 they built their home on Skylark Drive, at the edge of the city of Omaha. Lucile passed away on April 21, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Leon continued to live in their home until he moved to independent living at Heritage at Sterling Ridge in June of 2017.
Leon was a wonderful husband and father, a devoted Christian and a kind and generous man. He belonged to several organizations during his career including; Nebraska/Iowa Electrical Council as an Officer, Omaha Executives Association as a Board Member with a term as President, National Association of Electrical Distributors as a member of the Central Council and he was involved with the ESOP Conventions. Leon didn’t have many hobbies other than golf, but he and Lucile loved to travel. In addition to traveling through most of the states, they traveled to Europe, Canada and the Panama Canal, their favorite spot was Palm Desert, California (they went their every year for 20 years)! The golf, weather, friends and restaurants along with the beautiful scenery brought them back every year.
Leon’s pride and joy were his two granddaughters, Taylor and Megan. He loved playing with them when they were little, watching them play volleyball, taking them out to eat and spoiling them! He was so proud of their accomplishments in school and volleyball. He became an avid volleyball fan. It was such a blessing to have him at both of their weddings and for him to meet his first great grandson Titus! He adored hearing what was going on in their lives and spending time with them.
Health issues slowed Leon down in 2003 when he got shingles and had to learn to walk again. His strength never fully returned and caring for Lucile for several years was a challenge from a wheelchair, but he never complained. He accepted the challenges in his life and worked hard to live his life to the fullest. He loved Lucile with all his heart and his family just as much. While his strength slowly declined over the years he was bound and determined to live independently, and on April 17th the Lord called him home to be with his Risen Lord and Savior. He passed peacefully from an unexpected heart issue. Leon was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend – he had friends everywhere – and he will be missed by all who knew him. We take great comfort knowing he is with Jesus and reunited with Lucile.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, John and Stella Siedlyk, sisters Frances Slovenske, Charlotte Thompson, Lorraine Troupe, and Kathleen Lively. He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Wade) Wickey, grandchildren, Taylor (Eli) Putnam, Megan (Tanner) Schwarting, great-grandson Titus and numerous nieces and nephews.