Leo Stanley Spotts, age 91, of Stuart, FL, and formerly of Dixon, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017, at Martin North Hospital in Stuart. He was born June 12, 1926, in Tampico, Illinois, the son of Roy David and Charlotte (Jordan) Spotts.
Leo served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific as a medic from 1943-1946. Returning to Dixon, he took up farming and married Lois Leggett. As time went by, he gave up farming and started a painting business in Dixon. His painting company, S & C Painting, was a very successful business in the 1960's and 70's. After his retirement from the painting business, he sold real estate, drove school bus, and the Lee County Senior Citizen Bus. He retired to Florida several times, but kept being drawn back to Dixon. He finally settled down in Stuart with his wife, Barbara.
Leo loved to travel on long car trips. He was physically and mentally strong. At age 90, he drove 13 hours to escape a hurricane in Florida. There was nothing he could not build or fix - he was the original MacGyver. He remodeled and built several homes in Dixon.
Leo was a bull in a china closet, yet could be very gentle and loving with his grandchildren. He loved to garden and THOUGHT he was a great cook. His sense of humor will be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Darlene (Turner) Spotts; his granddaughter Rachel Spotts; his great-granddaughter Kira Lozano; 4 brothers Jordan, Donald, Robert, and Dale; and 3 sisters Maxine, Virginia, and LaVonn.
Those living to honor his memory include his wife Barbara (Hubka) Spotts of Stuart; son Kenneth (Gail) Spotts of South Bend, IN; daughter Marjorie (David) Dixon of Oregon, Illinois; 3 step-daughters Lana (Paul) Coomes of Dixon, Pamela Vitas of Florida, and Andrea Hubka of Illinois; step-son Robert Hubka of Mississippi; 8 grandchildren Elisabeth (Mark) Clark, Molly Haan, Matthew (Tracy) O'Horo, Michael O'Horo, Bradley (Gina) Dixon, Cathy (Mike Belcher) Dixon, Cory Coomes, and Quincy Coomes; 11 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; several nieces and nephews.
Leo was cremated and a private graveside service will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, where he will be buried next to his brother and parents.
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