US Marine Corps

Leo T. (Slecton) Szlachtianchyn

August 8, 1930 ~ December 3, 2019 (age 89)


Leo T. Slecton 89, of Shenandoah, PA passed away peacefully on December 3, 2019. Leo was born in Hazleton, PA on August 8, 1930 to Wassil and Mary Szlachtianchyn.  Leo served his country as a Marine Sgt during the Korean War. He was an active 42-year member of the Anthony P. Damato "Medal of Honor" American Legion Post in Shenandoah, PA where he proudly served as Commander 3 times and as an Adjutant since 2006.

Leo was a member of the former Our Lady of Mount Camel Church; member of the Hazleton Gun, Game and Athletic Club and a member of Shenandoah Senior Citizens.  Leo worked hard his entire life. He worked as a Maintenance Mechanic in New Jersey, he was a Supervisor for Metropolitan Mirror and Glass in Frackville, PA, he worked as a Warehouseman for Chromatex, Inc in Hazleton, and as Maintenance Supervisor for Shenandoah Village Apartments in Shenandoah, PA.

Leo loved his Casino trips, his Friday night poker games with his fellow Post 792 Veteran buddies, doing crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, spending time with his dogs Pumpkin, KC, Coko and his best buddy Chewie, and sitting out in Margaritaville at his home during the summer.

 Leo was the last remaining member of his immediate family.

He was preceded in death along with his parents by his wife Rose Ford; his brothers Wassil Jr., John, Mike, Joseph and Pete Szlachtianchyn and Sisters Ann Purosky and Mary Crugnale. Surviving Leo are his Son Leo Slecton and Wife Tracey, Tampa, Florida; daughter Annette Pronio (Caregiver) and husband Mark of Shenandoah, PA with whom he lived with his last 10 years; daughter Sandy Kowalick and Husband Paul of Girardville, PA; son Tom Ford and wite Diane of Lancaster, PA; daughter Rosemary Shustack and husband Robert of Shenandoah, PA; son Bruce Ford and wife Bev (deceased) of Port Clinton, Ohio along with 2 daughters from a previous marriage, Mary and Debbie.  Granddaughters- Kayleigh Pronio; Deanna Wasser, Crystal Kowalick, Kim and Kris Ford. Grandsons- Christian Pronio; Craig Kowalick, Michael Ford, Doug Ford, and Randy Shustack along with many Great Grandchildren, Nieces, and Nephews.

 The family will host a Celebration of Leo's Life to be held at the Anthony P. Damato Post at 116-118 North Main Street in Shenandoah, PA on December 14, 2019 from 12pm to 3pm for family and friends.

*Burial will be at the convenience of the Family.

Contributions in Leo's memory may be made to the A.P. Damato Post 792, 116-118 N. Main St, Shenandoah, Pa 17976

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Celebration of Life
December 14, 2019

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Anthony P. Damato American Legion Post 792
116-118 N. Main St.
Shenandoah, PA 17976

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