Leo Reisdorf


Leo Reisdorf, 85, of Payson, died Feb. 26, 2005. He was born in May 1919 and grew up on a dairy farm near Strykersville, N.Y.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II until 1946, and then pursued a career in aviation mechanics.

Mr. Reisdorf and his wife, Irene moved to Tucson in 1950. He worked with Bell Aircraft's experimental division on the development of the XS-1, the plane Gen. Chuck Yeager flew in when he broke the sound barrier, and with Boeing on redesigning in-flight systems on the B-29.

He enjoyed deer hunting and target shooting and served as president of a local National Rifle Association chapter.

Mr. Reisdorf faithfully worshiped at St. John's Catholic Church in Tucson. He lovingly raised two children and almost celebrated his 59th wedding anniversary with Irene.

The Reisdorfs recently moved to Payson to live near their son's family.

Leo is survived by his wife, Irene Reisdorf of Payson; daughter, Carolyn (Tim) Logerquist of Camarillo, Calif.; son, David (Leslie) Reisdorf of Payson; sister, Marge Walter of Buffalo, N.Y.; and four grandchildren: Raquel Shaw, Abigail Pederson, Daniel Reisdorf, and Alina Logerquist. He was preceded in death by his brother, Norbert Reisdorf.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2005 at Southlawn Cemetery, 5401 S. Park Ave., Tucson, Ariz. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2005 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 829 South Sixth Ave., Tucson, AZ 85710.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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