Leo Frank Schor, 90, of Conneaut, Ohio and Melbourne, Florida passed away December 21, 2020 at Mercy New Life Hospice Center, Lorain, Ohio. Leo was born July 19, 1930 at 183 South Ridge Road, Conneaut, Ohio, the youngest of twelve children born to Rajmund J. Schor and Amelia Majer Schor formerly of Oslavany, Moravia, (Czech Republic). Leo continued to reside at his homestead for 70 years. He attended Farnham School and Rowe High School, graduating in 1948. Leo entered the United States Army in 1949, and from 1950-1952 proudly served his nation in the Korean Conflict as a High Speed Radio Operator. After leaving active duty in 1953, Leo continued to run the family farm while being employed first with the US Postal Service, then Greenleaf Motor Express, Roadway Express and other transportation companies. In 1954, Leo was instrumental in helping to form Farnham National Guard Unit, the 137th Armored Cav, headquartered in the former Farnham School; the unit later transferred to the 103rd Armored Cav in Ashtabula. In 1975, he retired from the Army National Guard after 22 years service. For many years during the summer months, Leo also operated a “Barn Sale” at his South Ridge Road farm.
During the summer of 1986, with generous help and contributions of many local farmers and friends, Leo helped organize a hay lift to help desperate drought stricken farmers in the Columbia, South Carolina area. Leo’s greatest joy was being an accomplished accordion player, learning from some of the polka greats of the time. In the mid-50’s, Leo’s polka band, the Belvedere’s, played weekly at WICA Radio in Ashtabula, and at dances, weddings and other functions. In 1979, Leo began spending cold winter months in Florida, eventually settling in the Melbourne area. After “retiring” in 1995, Leo made his first of many trips to Europe and around the globe, including several visits to his family’s ancestral home in the Czech Republic; and two poignant visits to his brother John’s grave at Ardennes National Military Memorial Cemetery, in Liege, Belgium. Leo was the first member of his family to visit the grave since John’s burial there in 1947, after John’s remains were found and identified by a ring he always wore. During the next two decades, following his “retirement,” Leo visited Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia and most Eastern and Western European countries, literally circling the globe on two occasions. He visited and befriended family members in his ancestral homeland during four visits between 1995 and 2010. A life-long conservationalist, Leo made a vocation from re-purposing discarded items through re-sale or scrapping. Leo was formerly married to Mary Mecci. He was preceeded in death by Mary, adopted son Gary Schor, two siblings born in Europe, brothers John, Raymond, Ernest, and Joseph and sisters Anna Bogenia, Amelia Schor (Frank) Fiala, Mary Schor (John) Vlna, Stephania Schor (James) Loeffler and Frances Schor (Joseph) LaJoy. Leo is survived by adopted son Bill Schor, step-daughter Theresa Bradley of California, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Graveside Service will be held 1:30 PM Wednesday January 6, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, RT 20 Conneaut with Fr. Philip Miler presiding, military honors will follow by American Legion Cowle Post #151. A Memorial service will be held at a later date at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty Street, Conneaut, Ohio.
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