September 30, 2003
El Jebel native Leo Letey died September 17, 2003, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction of respiratory failure. He was 81.
Leo was born in El Jebel on Dec. 26, 1921, to John and Rosina Tisseur Letey.
He spent his childhood in the Roaring Fork Valley and attended schools in Basalt.
On November 2, 1940, he married Katherine Grant. He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 as a Sgt. E-5, in both the Philippines and Japan.
Leo had lived in the Roaring Fork Valley, Delta, Alamosa, Cortez and Arvada.
He was a retired Chief of Weights and Measures for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, a 58-year member of the American Legion Post #37, and a longtime member of the Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club. He enjoyed jewelry making and lapidary work.
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Leo is survived by his wife of 62 years, Katherine of Grand Junction; sons Jay Letey of Spokane, Wash., Jerry Letey of Grand Junction, Ron Letey of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Diana Bruce of Grand Junction; brothers Al Letey of Grand Junction, John Letey of Riverside, Calif.; sisters Almeda Duroux of Carbondale, Rose (Tutt) Asbury of Centennial, Colo.; four grandsons, four granddaughters and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by one sister, Adeline Anderson.
Memorial services were held earlier this month in Grand Junction.