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Leo Guss Kerlick Obituary
1930 - 2019
Leo Guss Kerlick – beloved brother, uncle and kind, easy-going friend to so many, passed away early Wednesday morning November 13, 2019 at age 89 in Richmond, Texas.
Leo was born in Cogar, Oklahoma in a log house on August 6, 1930. He was the eighth of nine children born to Guss & Edith Kerlick. He attended Oklahoma A & M University, now OSU, and graduated in 1954 with a degree in Animal Husbandry, paying his way with the money he won while attending Binger High School showing his champion steer at the Tulsa Livestock Show. After college he joined the Army and proudly served for four years.
Leo’s life took a turn from animals to airplanes when he started his career with Westinghouse as an instructor on the operation of their radar equipment. This job gave him the opportunity to travel all over the world in the 35 years he worked for them. Before he retired from Westinghouse at age 65 they had him working and living in Baltimore, Hawaii, Charleston, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Morocco and Panama. Everywhere he went he made friends easily. He loved talking to people, impromptu singing and going to church. Leo lived the longest in Baltimore home to his favorite team the Orioles. He particularly enjoyed going to see them play at Memorial Stadium which was right across the street from his row house. He moved to perhaps his favorite spot after he retired – Hawaii. Here, he relaxed and soaked up the sun for 19 years before he moved back to Oklahoma to live with his sister Jewell. Last year he and Jewell moved to Richmond, Texas where he enjoyed the rest of his days under the care of his nephew Bradley Clarkston. Predeceasing Leo are his parents, sister Doris Martinez, brother Sidney Kerlick, sister Pearl Turner, brother Stanley Kerlick, sister Ruth Kerlick and brother Winfred Kerlick. Leo is survived by his brother George Kerlick, his sister Jewell Clarkston and 19 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held in both Texas and Oklahoma. Services will be held at First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land, Texas on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:00pm. In Oklahoma City a visitation will be held on Monday, November 18, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Vondel Smith Funeral Home with services at the Oakcrest Church of Christ on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 11:00. Interment will follow at Minco Evergreen Cemetery.