Joseph F. Leitschuh, 93
MT. OLIVE (Nov. 9, 2017) – Joseph Frederick Leitschuh, 93, of Mt. Olive passed away at 9:34 a.m., Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 24, 1924, in Litchfield, a son of the late Otto and Lillian (Britton) Leitschuh. He married Maxine Spudick on Sept. 20, 1947, at Church of the Ascension in Mt. Olive; she survives.
Mr. Leitschuh served as a Corporal Tech 5 Rifleman in Company C 4th Ranger Infantry Battalion during World War II, from April 1943 to September 1945. He was a prisoner of war in Germany, where he was captured and held prisoner for 11 months while in combat in Anzio in May 1944, serving in the 1st Special Services Force. He was captured by an older German officer and a young German soldier; he had been shot in the arm, wrist and leg. The young German intended to kill Leitschuh but the older officer intervened. Mr. Leitschuh served in battles and campaigns in Naples and Rome; his military accomplishments include a Purple Heart, Bronze Star European and Middle East Medals, Good Conduct Medal and POW Medal. His name is on the World War II memorials in Washington, D.C., and Litchfield Carnegie Library. He was a member of VFW Post 5796 and helped the Sea Bees build the current VFW Hall; enjoyed working in his garage and yard and riding his mower; and loved family, especially his great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, surviving are three sons, George Leitschuh (companion Carolyn Grimlin) of Modesto, John (MaryAnn) Leitschuh of Litchfield and David Leitschuh (companion Janet Osmoe) of Mt. Olive; a daughter, JoAnn (Dennis) Baum of Mt. Olive; a brother, Jerry (Martha) Leitschuh of Washington, N.C.; a sister, Jean Groves of Atwater; a sister-in-law, Mireille Leitschuh of Litchfield; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; four brothers, Raymond Leitschuh, James Leitschuh, Paul Leitschuh in infancy and Maynard “Bud” Leitschuh on Oct. 20; and four sisters, Ruth Green, Rita Buske, Juanita Lovejoy and Mary Eileen Walch.
Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8, at St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Mt. Olive, with Father Tom Hagstrom officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Mt. Olive. Becker and Son Funeral Home, Mt. Olive, was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Cemetery or the Mt. Olive Academic Foundation.
Condolences may be left for the family at beckerandson.com.