Leo Renso Haslett, age 96, of St. Elmo, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the St. Elmo Christian Church. There was a one-hour viewing prior to the service. Jim Ziegler officiated. Burial followed at Springhill Cemetery in rural Beecher City. A visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 at St. Elmo Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Fairview Church Cemetery, Springhill Cemetery, or the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.pagelfuneralhome.com.
Leo was born on May 24, 1922 in Fayette County, the son of Charles Renso and Edith Ann (Aldridge) Haslett. Leo married Betty Jane Tucker on Sept. 27, 1947 in St. Elmo; she preceded him in death on Jan. 27, 2018. Leo was inducted into the United States Army in December of 1942 at Fort Sheridan. He was then sent to Camp Phillips, Kansas and then assigned to the 94th Signal Company in the construction platoon. During this time, he was assigned to guard the Presidential Train as President Roosevelt came through. He then went to Tennessee and then onto Camp McCain in Mississippi. He boarded the Queen Elizabeth in New York and headed to England. Leo received four battles stars: Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. After WWII ended, he received an Honorable Discharge at 9:00 p.m. on Dec. 28, 1945 and he headed home. Leo was a member of the St. Elmo American Legion, St. Elmo Masonic Lodge, and St. Elmo Christian Church. He loved woodworking, collecting antiques, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his son, Marty Haslett (wife Crystal) of St. Elmo; two daughters, Janelle Dilley (husband Bruce) of St. Elmo, and Jeannine Rippetoe of St. Elmo; brother-in-law, Fred Love of Owensboro, Ky.; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Edith Haslett; his wife of 70 years, Betty Jane Haslett; six brothers, Robert Haslett, Clarence Haslett, Willie Haslett, James Haslett, Claude Haslett, and K.V. “Cap” Haslett; five sisters, Thelma Calvert, Iva Kirby, Edna Lyles, Violet Love, and Verla Hansen; five sisters-in-law, Maude Haslett, Ruth Haslett, Marvelle Haslett, Velma Haslett, and Melva Haslett; and four brothers-in-law, Orlando Calvert, Clifford Kirby, W.G. Lyles, and Leonard Hansen.