Fredrick “Leroy” Tietsort, 77, of Sedona, Ariz., formally of Unionville, Mo., passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Page Springs Living Home in Page Springs, Ariz.
He was born Jan. 16, 1937 the son of Lorenzo Lee and Glen Etta (O’Neal) Tietsort in Lucerne, Mo. Leroy attended the Unionville Community High School in Unionville, Mo. and graduated with the Class of 1955. He attended University of Missouri and decided he would rather fly for the United States Air Force. He put in for the Air Force Cadet Flying School. He was accepted in 1957 and Graduated in 1958, as a 2nd LT.
After graduation, he went home to marry Nancy C. Lewis of Centerville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Lewis. They were married Oct. 19, 1958 at the Methodist Church in Unionville, Mo. and had celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary Oct. 19, 2013.
Leroy’s first assignment was Randolph Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas, for KC-97 School. He was assigned to KC-135 Combat Crew Training at Castle Air Force Base, Calif. Then it was off to Squadron Officers School, Maxwell Air Base in Alabama where he was assigned to Counterinsurgency Indoctrination School. He was sent to Larson Air Force base, in Washington State. While there, he made many trips to Alaska. Nancy would watch him take off from her kitchen window.
After waiting and hoping for a child, Lee and Nancy were home on leave when John Fredrick Tietsort was born in Centerville at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital on March 22, 1963. Everyone was very thrilled. After another week or so, they flew home with Baby John in tow, he slept all the way home and they were one happy family. Leroy was sent to March Air Force Base, Calif. He made many trips to Vietnam and decided he had enough and put in his paper work, so he could get out. One more time they sent him to Vietnam. His paper work came through and the Air Force sent him home to Castle Air Force Base, where Nancy and John met him as a civilian. He retired from the Air Force officially in 1967 as a KC-135 Captain.