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Leo James Schloss

April 23, 1920 February 8, 2011
Leo James Schloss
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Obituary for Leo James Schloss

Leo Schloss of Troy died February 8, 2011, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. He was 90 years old. Leo was born April 23, 1920, in Grand Rapids, to Hortense (nee Brown) and Leo Joseph Schloss. He attended St. Francis Grade School in Grand Rapids, and graduated from Grand Rapids Catholic Central, where he served as captain of the football team and earned All Catholic League Honors in swimming. In light of his accomplishments, Leo was awarded a scholarship to Albion College where he excelled in pre-medical studies and was captain of the MIAA Championship football team. He went on to play semiprofessional football for the Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks with the likes of Forest �Evy� Evashevski and other well known All-Americans.

At the onset of the Second World War, Leo joined the Navy Air Corp, wherein he received his Pilot Wings in Corpus Christie, Texas in 1942, Bombardier Wings in Coco River, Florida, and Navigator Wings in Hollywood, Florida. Achieving the rank of Lieutenant, he was assigned to the Philippine Islands, where he commanded 13 bombing and rescue missions. At one point, he managed to fly out of a Japanese fire attack and return to base with only one engine still running.

Leo worked in sales for Mobil Oil Company as well as Michigan Bell Telephone Company in sales management and training. He oversaw the assembly of the North Woodward Yellow Page Book for 20 years and retired in 1989 after 40 years of dedicated service. In view of his many professional accomplishments, Leo was awarded the Presidential Diamond Club Award, the highest achievement for sales at Bell Telephone/AT&T.

Leo married Margaret Ann Sims of Greenville, Michigan, November 16, 1946 and together they had three children. Leo was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Grand Rapids and Royal Oak. He was also a faithful parishioner of Shrine of the Little Flower, where he was a member of the Ushers Club. One of Leo�s proudest undertakings was aiding in the education of underprivileged and needy children in Detroit following the unrest of 1967. In his spare time, he enjoyed vacations, golf, hunting, fishing, and taking care of his gazebo and backyard swimming pool. Leo�s greatest joy, however, came from spending time with his family. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

Leo is survived by his wife, Margaret Schloss, and his children, Larry (Trudee) Schloss and Mary Margaret (Leonard Paul) Johnson. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lawrence John (Dima) Schloss, MD, Meredith (Matthew) Maczka and Zoe Margaret (Justin Shull) Dietrichs, great-grandchildren, Charles and Benjamin Maczka, Makayla Berger and Noah Shull and sister, Joanne Smith. Leo is preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Diedrichs, and sisters, Mary, Monica and Barbara.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Thursday 5-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at National Shrine of the Little Flower, Woodward at 12 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Friday 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am. Interment will take place in Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 20300 Civic Center Drive, Suite 100, Southfield, Michigan 48076.

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