Leo F. Edison Jr. (former Ardmoreite), 76, of Westport (suburb of Tulsa), passed away Dec. 15, 2008, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.
Leo F. Edison Jr. (former Ardmoreite), 76, of Westport (suburb of Tulsa), passed away Dec. 15, 2008, at St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Dec. 21, 1931, in Kansas City, Mo. to Mary Elizabeth (Bess) and Leo F. Edison Sr. He graduated from Marquette High School, Tulsa, in 1949. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Oklahoma A&M Univ. (OSU) where he received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management February, 1954. He was a member and treasurer of the Theta Kappa Phi Fraternity, Interfraternity Council Rep., ROTC Cadet Officer’s Club and the Freshman Baseball Team. He was a distinguished Military Student and Graduate.
He met his first wife, Mary Lucile Banks while attending Oklahoma A&M (OSU); they were married at the church of St. Francis Xavier in Stillwater, Okla., Sept. 8, 1952. They had four children together, Robert Thomas Edison, Dr. Leslie Diane Edison, Elizabeth Ann Edison Fielding and John Edward Edison. His children were raised in Ardmore while he was the Ardmore Area Manager of the Oklahoma Natural Gas Company from 1963-1968. He was active and served in numerous civic organizations while living in Ardmore.
In 1967, as President of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, he started the initial work which resulted in the Uniroyal Tire Plant being located in Ardmore, Okla. Leo was named “Ardmore, Oklahoma’s Outstanding Young Man” and Outstanding Young Oklahoma’s by the Okla. Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was on the Board of Directors of Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Jaycees, Carter County Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross, Ardmore Oklahoma YMCA, Boy Scouts of America (Arbuckle Area Council), Oklahoma United Fund (Pres. 1966) and President of the Ardmore Safety Council. He was an active member at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Little League Baseball Coach and a member of the Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club. Leo was active in numerous other civic organizations during his life: Knights of Columbus, Tulsa Pipe Liners Club, Petroleum Club of Tulsa, Member of Church of Saint Mary (Tulsa).
He was an avid golfer and proud of his two hole-in-ones after the age of 70. Leo enjoyed planning and organizing events such as his high school class reunions, golf tournaments and family gatherings. When his children were young he was involved in being a little league baseball coach, camping and sailing at Lake Murray. He was very influential in his grandchildren’s pursuit of higher education. He passed on his love of sports to his family. He was a tremendous role model by his faith and generosity. Leo gave back to his community, individuals and organizations in need.
He served active duty for his country 1954-1956, Track and Wheel Vehicle Maintenance Officer at the Post Ordinance Maintenance Shop at Fort Richardson, Alaska. In 1963, he completed his service –– Rank of Captain –– US Army Reserves.
From 1954-1969, he was employed by Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. as an engineer. Leo was District Engineer, Tulsa District and Manager of Broken Arrow operation. He was transferred to Ardmore Area Manager. In 1968 he returned to Tulsa as manager of Industrial Research. From 1969-1980, he worked in the consulting services group for William Brothers Engineering Company. He analyzed supply and demand of Energy in natural gas, oil; he assisted clients to efficiently utilize energy. In 1980, he ultimately formed his own company, Edison and Associates. He was a natural gas broker and distributor to city municipalities in Oklahoma and numerous states.
On March 13, 1970, he was united in marriage to Jerry Schweimin Haas of Tulsa. They enjoyed traveling the world on Leo’s business trips and their time shares. She was his constant companion and partner during their 38 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his sister Mary Ann Stephens and niece Kelli Edison.
Survived by his loving wife Jerry; brother, Bill Edison; and nephew Patrick Edison of Tulsa; sons: Robert Edison and wife Coletta of Hawaii, John Edison of Tulsa; daughters: Dr. Leslie Edison of Phoenix: Elizabeth and husband Dr. Greg Fielding of Cleveland, Okla.; grandchildren: Chris, Abe, Beau, Joseph, Sam, Jerome, Coletta, Caleb, Isaiah, Solomon, and Sarah Faith Edison, Stephen, Tommy, and Sarah Granger, Ross, Katie, and Sarah Fielding, Mike and Sara Rubenstein.
Rosary services were held Dec. 19 and the Mass of Christian Burial Dec. 20, 2008 at the Church of Saint Mary, Tulsa. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, 9101 South Harvard, Tulsa.
Friends can honor Leo’s memory with memorial donations to Catholic charities.
Family and friends may leave online tribute at www.fitzgeraldivychapel.com.