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Leo John Gecewicz, Major, USAF (Retired)May 27, 1930 – April 18, 2019
Maj. Leo John Gecewicz, age 88, of Hendersonville, NC died at his home after an extended illness with his family by his side late Thursday evening, April 18, 2019.
Mr. Gecewicz was born on Tuesday, May 27, 1930 in Drums, PA to the late Joseph and Helen “Leona” (Wasilewski) Gecewicz. On September 30, 1965 in Orlando, FL he married his wife of 53 years, the former Gwen Lee Shiver who survives.
In September 1950, Mr. Gecewicz entered the United States Army serving his country as a Private, 1st Class and was honorably discharged in May of 1952. He later enter the United States Air Force in July, 1954 where he earned the rank of Major until his retirement in December of 1974. Upon returning home to the states, he moved to Orlando, FL and became the Director of Transportation for Lynx for 10 years and later made his home in Hendersonville, NC to enjoy his golden years with his family. He was a faithful member of St. James Episcopal Church of Hendersonville, NC and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
In addition to his wife he leaves behind to cherish his memory his two sons, Michael John Gecewicz of Hendersonville, NC and David Lee Gecewicz and his wife, Yvonne of Arlington, VA. Also surviving are his two grandchildren, Lara and Kirsten and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service to celebrate Maj. Gecewicz’s life will be conducted at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, October 16, 2019 at the Fort Myer Post Chapel in Fort Myer, VA with a committal service with full military honors to follow in Arlington National Cemetery.
Leo will be forever missed by his loving family and many friends.
Original obituary was published by Forest Lawn Funeral Home.