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Leo E. Oot, 77, of Manlius died Wednesday. Born in Minoa, he attended Minoa schools. He was a builder in the Syracuse area for more than 50 years and was a member of the Home Builders Association of Central New York. He was a communicant of St. Ann's Church in Manlius and a member of Fremont Lions Club.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and served with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Survivors: His wife of 25 years, the former Mildred Morgan; three daughters, Sally Oot Heisler of Manlius, Laurie Oot Leonard of Kirkville and Mary Oot Gambuzza of East Syracuse; two sons, Daniel of Mattydale and Patrick of Manlius; two stepdaughters, Beth Zulauf of Baldwinsville and Rebecca O'Neill of Brighton; a stepson, Gerald Morgan of Adams; three sisters, Marjorie Flett and Lillian Heffron, both of Minoa, and Mary Holl of DeRuyter; two brothers, Earl of Fayetteville and Robert of Minoa; 16 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren.

Services: 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Eaton-Tubbs-Schepp Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Church. Burial, Manlius Village Cemetery. Calling hours, 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Contributions: Parkinson's Alliance, care of Dale Severance, 1 Handhewn Way, Manlius 13104.

[The Post-Standard, (Syracuse, NY) - Thursday, May 23, 2002]

[courtesy of "clevelandpole"]

Grave marker for Leo E. Oot in the Manlius Village Cemetery, Manlius (Onondaga county), New York.

Leo enlisted at Syracuse, NY on 3 November 1943.

His arrival in the 508th is unrecorded but the fact that he was a parachute instructor with the 508th in Frankfurt is documented in at least two news articles, one being a letter to the Editor in defense of Pfc Donald Nye who had been convicted of killing a woman in Frankfurt.  In that letter Oot described himself as an ex-paratrooper who had helped to train Nye at the 508th parachute school in Germany.





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