LAKE PLACID - Leo Henry Jewtraw Sr., 73, died suddenly at his home on July 27, 2009. He was born in Lake Placid on July 11, 1936, the son of the late Bessie Jewtraw-Flagg.
He attended Lake Placid High School and served in the United States Marine Corps for four years. Leo was an active participant in the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department as paid driver and volunteer. In addition, he served thirteen years as a local police officer. He was Heavy Equipment Operator for the Village of Lake
Placid and was highway superintendent until his retirement in 1997.
Leo was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and camp with his family. He lived to spend time with his loved ones.
Leo was married to Winifred Winchel in 1959.
Leo is survived by six children: Judith Geesler and her husband Kevin of Lake Placid; Julie Barney and her husband Brian of Lake Placid; Leo Jr. "Jay" of Lake Placid; Amy Mace and her husband Greg of Saranac Lake; Amanda Redman and her husband Patrick of Saranac Lake; Alexis Chapman and her husband Mike of Virginia; one brother, Glenn Flagg and his wife Teresa of Tupper Lake; by 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother Bessie Jewtraw-Flagg; his sister Ethel Forschien; his uncle George; and his uncle Charlie who was an Olympic Gold Medal winner in speed skating.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 at the Clark Funeral home in Lake Placid. A Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home followed by an American Legion Prayer Service. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 at the funeral home. Rev. Kenneth Mihill will officiate. Burial will follow at North Elba Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in memory of Leo be made to Tri-Lakes Humane Society, 255 George Lapan Memorial Hwy., Saranac Lake, NY 12983 or to the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 107, Lake Placid, NY 12946.