November 24, 1922 - September 12, 2017
Dad passed into God's glory at age 94. His peace rests in Our Lord's hands and our peace is borne of his love and our togetherness in this time of loving separation.
Dad had given so much to so many. We loved him dearly and will be forever indebted to him for sharing with us a shining example of love! Thank you Dad for so many great experiences and memories!
Your thoughts and prayers are sincerely appreciated!
LEO TEVLIN: TV PIONEER, WWII AVIATOR, dies Press Release
Visitation was held Monday night, September 18, 2017
from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Bopp
The Bopp funeral directors web page devoted to Dad.
Here is a link to the Program for the wake (PDF)
On Tuesday, September 19th at 10:00am, a Memorial Mass was celebrated at The Old Cathedral, Basilica of St. Louis, King There was also a visitation from 9:00 am Tuesday until the time of the Mass.
Thank you Shannon Tevlin O'Bryant for the layout and printing of the programs!
ceremony followed at Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery
A video of the ceremony is here
A high resolution (500MB) video of the service can be downloaded here. Many thanks to Brandon Grier for this recording!
Thank you to Andrew Tevlin for filming and sharing the great 360 videos!!
We gathered after Dad's honor ceremony to clebrate his life at The Pat Connolly Tavern!
Each member of the Tevlin family extends our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who visited, commented, sent prayers, cards, flowers and love as we celebrated our Dad's long, vibrant life and offered him up to heaven!!
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Dad was preceeded in passing by his beloved wife, our dear Mother, Mary Anna Tevlin. Click here to view our web page devoted to Mom's memory, and many reflections of her/our loved ones.
finished collecting images for the slideshow for Dad's
Big Leo was such a wonderful friend to my dad (Reggie). I know his kind personality and faith helped my dad become a better man while in the service and the rest of his life. On our annual vacations during my youth, my favorite stop was always in St. Louis to see the Tevlin family. May Leo's eternal life in Heaven be a comfort to all of the family. May the Peace of the Lord be with each of you. Love y'all! Nancy June
Condolence From: Donald Lucy II
Leo was a leader and a true professional. A very unique individual with many talents. I enjoyed working with him and listening to his stories. He is a treasure and will be missed.
Condolence From: Tim Cook
Condolence: It was an honor to have known Mr Tevlin. He was a wonderful person and loving family man. To his family and friends...May his memories live on in your hearts forever! I will always think of him every time I see one of the F4 Corsair in a picture or flying in an airshow. Loved his war stories! Thank you Mr Tevlin for such a wonderful legacy! Salute!
Condolence From: Clayton Price
Condolence: My heart goes out to the entire Tevlin family tree! Mr T as I would sometimes call him was the epitome of what a god loving, family loving, country loving man should be. He was a real pioneer in many of the things he loved. It was impossible not to like Mr T. We will all miss him!
The Fighter Pilot
Can't estimate how many hours I spent with Leo in the RED ENG Truck. Where ever we went I always introduced Leo as "The Fighter Pilot". He was so proud of his military service. Those WWI stories. He was always kind and respectful to everyone we met/interviewed as a Channel 4 Camera Crew/Truck team. Condolences to his family. I'll never forget him. One of a kind.
Peace, Al Wiman
love to all who visit here! The Tevlins
|Leo, a Native
St. Louisan who, at age 5, witnessed Charles Lindbergh fly over
downtown for an awaiting parade crowd. Leo Tevlin would later become an
Aviator himself serving in World War II and Korea as a Naval fighter
pilot flying 77 missions.
Tevlin was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2016 for his pioneering work as a Chief Engineer in helping to launch three television stations here. A cameraman for CBS’ 1st network televised MLB Game of the Week series with Dizzy Dean & Pee-Wee Reese. Tevlin worked on network coverage of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs and later became part of the nation’s 1st E-N-G news gathering operation transitioning from Film clips in Newscasts to video tape & Live shot technology and paving the way for today’s news gathering method used worldwide.
As one of the oldest living Amateur Radio Operators - licensed in 1934- (Ham Radio) Leo Tevlin help the Catholic Church with its missionary work & expansion into South America. Fittingly, his call letters were W-ZERO-TV.
After helping KSD-TV ch.5 become St. Louis first TV station, Tevlin launched KACY-TV, a short lived Dumont Network station and then KWK-TV ch.4 which became CBS Owned KMOX-TV ch.4 where he retired in 1985 having worked for CBS Television for better than 40 years.