Leonard Augustus ‘Gus’ DeLissa
Leonard Augustus (Gus) DeLissa was born December 18, 1933 in Liberal, Missouri to William Franklin DeLissa and Mary Agnes (Aidnik) DeLissa. He was preceeded in death by his parents and his only sister, Marie Goodspeed and his only brother, Billy Jo.
Gus married Leona Maxine Bishop at Leoti, Kansas on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1954. They were married fifty-six years. Gus lived and worked in Liberal, Missouri until he was sixteen years old. He worked at Collingwood Elevator in Selkirk, KS until he was drafted into the United States Navy. At this graduation ceremony from Navy Boot Camp he was awarded the “Honor Man” medal. Upon being honorably discharged from the navy Gus worked for a time in Johnson, and then in Lakin where he operated the Texaco Service station and bulk plant. In 1978 he moved to Meade where he purchased the Ford Agency. Gus died on September 30, 2010.
His survivors are his wife, Maxine; a daughter, Janna DeLissa of Leoti; a son, Lance DeLissa and wife Sheryl, and three grandsons, Leighton, Levi and Lelan, all of Meade.
Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church, 510 E. Rainbelt, Meade, KS on October 9, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
The family would welcome memorials to the Wichita County Historical Museum for the Ames house or the Meade County Museum.in care of Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com