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Leo Tisor

September 9, 1920 - January 3, 2018

Burial Date: January 12, 2018

Funeral Home Dickinson, ND

Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2018, Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, ND

Visitation:  1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018, Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, ND

Prayer Service:  6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2017, Stevenson Funeral Home, Dickinson, ND


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A funeral service for Leo I. Tisor, 97, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 at Stevenson Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa Lewton officiating.  Military Rites will be presented by the Dickinson American Legion Post #3 Honor Guard.  Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m., Friday in the Medora Community Cemetery, Medora.

Visitation for Leo will be from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2018 with a prayer service being held at 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson Funeral Home.

Leo passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at St. Benedict’s Health Center in Dickinson with his son, Lee by his side.

Leo Ira was born September 9, 1920, south of Sentinel Butte, ND, the third son of Ira V. and Edna (Petersen) Tisor.  In 1921, the family moved to Medora where Leo received his education at the De Mores School.  He often told stories of playing in the Chateau and hockey on the frozen Little Missouri.  After graduation, Leo went to work on the Win Pescheck and Don Short ranches located north of Medora.  In April of 1942, Leo began his career with the North Dakota State Highway Department.  On November 12, 1942, Leo enlisted in the US Army at Ft. Snelling, MN.  He served at various military bases in the United States before being deployed to the Pacific Theater on Christmas Eve, 1944.  Leo was stationed in India as a T/4 and chief switch board operator until he was honorably discharged on March 22, 1946 in Washington.  After returning to Medora, Leo worked for the Grazing Association before returning to work at the North Dakota Highway Department in Medora. On September 9, 1948, Leo and Harriet Ruf were united in marriage in Wibaux, MT.  To this union two children were born; Audrey and Lee.   In 1949, Leo transferred to Dickinson as the District Sign Foreman.  It was here that Leo and Harriet raised their family.  He retired from the Highway Department in December 1985 after 38 years of service.  The family would like to thank all of the care givers and staff at St. Benedict’s Nursing Home for taking very good care of their father and grandfather over the last six years.

Leo enjoyed hunting, gardening, and working in his shop.  He would often be found watching sports, westerns and rodeos on his TV.  Leo looked forward to breakfast at Country Kitchen and a cup of coffee and cinnamon crispy at the Donut Hole with Harriet.  Spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren brought him tremendous joy.  He taught his grandchildren to hunt, garden, make homemade pancakes and pick perfect raspberries.  He was a proud member of the NRA, American Legion Post and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dickinson.

Leo is survived by his children and their spouses, Audrey & Terry Shirley, and Lee & Garnet Tisor; grandchildren, Erica (Dennis) Healy, Jessica (Ryan) Schneibel, Logan Tisor and Morgan Tisor; great-grandchildren, Brian, Reese & Easton Healy and Tahlia, Quinn & Oliver Schneibel; and many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Edna Tisor; his wife, Harriet Tisor; grandson, Brian Shirley; great-granddaughter, Lily Jo Tisor; and brothers, Lawrence (Esther), Les (Ruby), and Lyle.

Tisor Leo


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