VALPARAISO, IN -Leo Neis, 83, of Valparaiso passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017. He was born October 27, 1934 in Gary, IN to Arthur and Anita (Ruesch) Neis, attended St. Mark's Elementary School, graduated from Bishop Noll High School in 1952 and served proudly with the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. H.A. Bass destroyer escort from 1952 - 56. Leo made his career with NIPSCO in their Power Generation Dept. retiring in 1989 with 33 years of dedication, then spent 13 years with the National Lakeshore performing reconstruction maintenance. He was a hands on home repairman, never paying to have a job done that he could do himself. This also served as one of the avenues he used patiently to teach his children and grandchildren.
On October 11, 1958 he married Katherine Lulich at Holy Angels Cathedral in Gary. Their 59 years of love & growth were blessed with five wonderful and precious children: Carl (Rebecca) Neis of Valparaiso, Louise Fort of Florida, Eileen (Joseph) Onofrio of Chicago, Laura (Dan)Templin of New York, Michael (Sue) Neis of Indianapolis, sister, Patricia (Art, deceased) Barker of Gary, brother, John (Kathleen) Neis of Valparaiso, nine awesome and fun grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Rainer Neis, Brian (Lauren) and Nathan Fort, Francesca Onofrio, Bailey and Trey Templin and Lindsay (John) Robison, and two sweet and beautiful great grandchildren, Myra and Sydney. Leo was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Kimberly.
A visitation will be held Saturday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso with funeral Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Shriners' Hospital for Children. A special thank you to Elite Ambulance Service; the caring and kind staff in the emergency room at Porter Regional Hospital; and the kind and caring staff on the fifth floor, room 5105.