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We commemorate the passing 
and celebrate the life of our dear Father
Leo J. Tevlin

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

A Visitation was held Monday night, September 18, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Bopp Chapel Funeral Directors

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.

Here is a link to Program for the Mass 
A video of the Mass is here.

                                     Thank you Shannon Tevlin O'Bryant for the layout and printing of the programs!

An honor 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!!


Please add your photos from the events to this album

Donations in honor of Leo Tevlin may be made to the:
Society for the Propagation of the Faith 20 Archbishop May Dr. St. Louis, MO 63119
  Or
Mount Grace Convent "Pink Sisters" 1438 East Warne Ave. St. Louis, MO 63107

Obituary
Tevlin, Leo Joseph, fortified with the sacraments of the Holy Mother Church.  Beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, son of Leo J. Tevlin and Anna C. Kreutzer Tevlin, preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Anna (nee Fouch), sisters Anna Marie Tevlin Guerra and Teresa Tevlin Price and brothers John “Jack” Tevlin, Dan Tevlin, and son Dominic Tevlin; survived by children Anna Lee Tevlin Halsig (Daniel “Pete”), Linda Tevlin Pleasant (Carl), Mary Tevlin (Mark, recently deceased), Leo Tevlin, II (Donna), Peter Tevlin (Kim), Louis Tevlin, Amy Tevlin Myers (Ken); Grandchildren: Paul Pleasant (Katy) , Gwenn Secrease (Joseph Boyd), Denise Pleasant Reed (Ryan), Eric Secrease (Sarah), Andrew Tevlin (Melissa), Laura Tevlin, Kyle Tevlin, Daniel Halsig, Amanda Myers, Shannon Tevlin O’Bryant (Doug), Kristin Tevlin, Matthew Myers, and Rachael Myers; Great grandchildren: Wyatt Secrease, Lincoln Secrease, and Scarlett Secrease, Andrew Pleasant, and Luke Pleasant, Jacob Reed, and Kaitlyn Reed, Joseph Boyd, Orion Boyd, Fiona Tevlin, Noelle Moore.

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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. 

                                                        

                                                                [Our Lady of Perpetual Succour]

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Life:
Dad     Husband     Altar boy      Boy Scout     Amateur Radio Operator W0̸TV     Air Cadet Officer      Marine Corps Aviator      USMC Captain      Hero      Devout Roman Catholic      Mentor      Patriot      Webelos Leader      Men's Club Cameraman      Engineer      Father      Grandpa      Cousin      Maryknoll Volunteer      Neighbor      Buddy      Usher     Uncle      Union      Member      Cardinal      Fan      Boxer      Second Lieutenant      Meals-On-Wheels Driver      Coach      Teacher

Marriage:
To MaryAnna Patricia Fouch on October 2, 1948.
Married span together (until Mom passed away on November 1, 2007): 59 years, 30 days.
Devotion to Mom until his passing: 68 years, 11 months, 10 days

Children:
Anna Lee

Linda
Mary
Leo
Peter
Louis
Dominic
Amy

Career: 
1948-1952 - KSD-TV Engineer 
1952-1953 - KACY-TV Chief Engineer  
1953-1954 - KSD-TV Engineer 
1954-1985: KWK-TV / KMOX-TV Engineer, CBS Sports Cameraman, Original Crew, 
1st in USA ENG Cameraman ("Mini" Camera, Electronic News Gathering), Audio Technician

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Here is an external link to the above (3 min)
9/19 Jamie Allman report featuring Dad:


9/20 Jamie Allman report featuring Dad: Here is a better link to Jamie's longer feature (8 min) the next night 9/20, where he interviewed Lou
And, Jamie's audio podcast on 9/13

Lou noted... Allman in the Morning is the # 1 Rated morning drive time show in St.Louis & one of the most dominating in the USA in terms of capturing the key demographics of morning drive time.

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Into your hands, Father of mercies, we commend our Father Leo Tevlin in the sure and certain hope that, together with all who have died in Christ, he will rise with him on the last day.

We give you thanks for the blessings which you bestowed upon Leo in this life:
they are signs to us of your goodness and of our fellowship with the saints in Christ.

Merciful Lord, turn toward us and listen to our prayers:
open the gates of paradise to your servant and help us who remain
to comfort one another with assurances of faith, until we all meet in Christ
and are with you and with our brother/sister for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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​​God looked around His garden and ​found an empty place​,​​​
He ​then ​looked down upon this earth, ​and saw your tired face.
​He saw the road was getting rough, the hills were hard to climb​,​
He closed your weary eyelids, ​and whispered "Peace be thine."
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God's garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best,
He put his arms around you​, ​​a​nd lifted you to rest.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn't go alone,
For part of us went with you​,​ the day God called you home.

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We're finished collecting images for the slideshow for Dad's ceremonies. See the SlideShow

See photos from Dad's 90th birthday event in 2013

Leo Tevlin, St. Louis Media Hall of Fame Foundation 08/03/16 

Condolence From:  Nancy Kison
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


 

Our love to all who visit here! The Tevlins
Anna Lee, Linda, Mary, Peter, Leo Joe, Louis & Amy
May '07

40 Anniversary
Your thoughts and prayers are sincerely appreciated!

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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.
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