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In Memory of

Leo V. Deal

June 16, 1930 - March 11, 2017

Obituary


Leo V. Deal passed away peacefully, with a song in his heart, on March 11, 2017 at the Vista Timber Ridge Assisted living facility. The youngest of three sons, Leo was born June 16, 1930, at the family farm in Parker, IN, to Fred and Mildred Deal. He is survived by Nola (nee Arndt), his devoted wife of 64 years; son Eric (Sherrie); daughter Nancy (John Beaver); grandsons Taylor and Mason (Whitney); granddaughter Emma; as well as loving nieces and nephews from both the Deal and Arndt sides of the family. Leo graduated from DePauw...

Leo V. Deal passed away peacefully, with a song in his heart, on March 11, 2017 at the Vista Timber Ridge Assisted living facility. The youngest of three sons, Leo was born June 16, 1930, at the family farm in Parker, IN, to Fred and Mildred Deal. He is survived by Nola (nee Arndt), his devoted wife of 64 years; son Eric (Sherrie); daughter Nancy (John Beaver); grandsons Taylor and Mason (Whitney); granddaughter Emma; as well as loving nieces and nephews from both the Deal and Arndt sides of the family. Leo graduated from DePauw University in 1951; then spent four years in the Air Force, primarily stationed in Landsburg, Germany, where Nola joined him in 1953. After completing his service, he taught school, eventually earning a Master's degree from Ohio State University. In 1960, Leo moved his family to East Lansing to pursue a doctorate from Michigan State University in Audiology and Speech Sciences, awarded in 1966. He served as department chair for 12 years and received and many awards from both the state and national branches of the Speech & Hearing Association. He was a dedicated Spartan fan and served a term on the MSU Athletic Council. Leo was known for his ebullient personality, his love of music, and his devotion to his family, church, and community. He loved word play, puns, and crossword puzzles. Talented as a pianist, singer, and trumpeter, Leo helped put himself through school playing in dance bands in the 1940's and 50's and continued participating in music groups all his life.

The composer of copious pieces of both secular and sacred music, he led the Grace United Methodist Church Choir for many years and helped found the Gracewood Singers Men's choral group. Perhaps his most notable achievement was the creation of the department of Audiology and Speech Sciences' overseas study program. Leo developed the program for summer study in London during the early 1980's, led groups of students for nearly 20 years, and established an endowment fund to award scholarships for overseas study to deserving students that continues to support recipients today. Leo was a great communicator, able to establish rapport with people of all ages and cultures. He will be remembered by his students, colleagues, and family for his unswerving integrity and compassion as well as his commitment to education as a bridge to human understanding. The family wishes to recognize Vista Springs Timber Ridge for their gentle and respectful care with our particular appreciation to the caregivers in Building 2. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Leo V. Deal International Enrichment Fund, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, at Michigan State University.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com