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Leo J. Thome


Last updated 1/11/2013 at Noon

Leo J. Thome passed away during a hospital stay early on the morning of Jan. 8, 2013. Leo was born in Minnesota on April 12, 1923, the first son of Constance and John Thome. He grew up on a farm with six brothers and sisters, before leaving to join the US Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II and while on leave in New York City, he met Jean Datza, the girl he would marry on Dec. 20, 1947.

In 1955, he and Jean left Minnesota for California, settling in Redondo Beach and bringing up three children there. He worked in the aerospace industry for 40 years as a machinist before reti...

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