Leon S. Gerdis

Leon S. Gerdis passed away peacefully on February 11, 2013 at the age of 94. Leon was born in Reed, Oklahoma on November 30, 1918, the oldest child of Samuel and Gussie Gerdis.

He was raised in Oklahoma along with his three siblings, Geraldine, Dorothy, and Harold Lloyd. He met and married Frances Buczinski in Woodward, Oklahoma and during their 35 years marriage they raised two daughters, Mary and Judy.

They moved to Idaho and Utah where Leon worked for Chicago Bridge and Iron. Later the family moved to Eureka.

Leon was called to serve our country during World War II where he served in the United States Navy, aboard the USS Fallon. He received an honorable discharge in 1945.

After the war he spent time working in the logging industry and did construction work on many roads and the freeway in Humboldt County. Leon participated in rodeos on weekends for 60-plus years. He enjoyed announcing rodeos and gymkhanas and auctioneering, and he was a volunteer for the sheriff’s posse.

In 1971 Leon married Dee Denmark and resided in Cottonwood, California. He bought a truck and trailer and hauled livestock throughout the western states for many years.

After retiring Leon married Ona Lee Phillips in 1997 and lived in Blocksburg, spending their summers in Seeley Lake, Montana. When they got tired of traveling they built a home at the rodeo grounds in Benbow near Garberville where they resided until his passing. Leon spent many hours in his large garden and out in his shop. You could always find him riding around the rodeo grounds on his four-wheeler.

Leon is survived by his wife, Ona Lee; daughter, Mary Le Clair; sister, Dorothy Moore; two step-daughters, Linda MacDonald (Fred) and Carla Critchfield (Raymond); grandchildren, Mike Bandy, Linda Drum (Wes), Janet Anderson, Janele Baziuk; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine Roberts; brother, Harold Lloyd Gerdis; daughter, Judy Tibbett; and grandson, Larry Weiss.

There will not be a service at Leon’s request. Donations in Leon’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.