91, of St. Louis, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2022. Leo was born to Moosheg and Marguerite Manoogian on February 25, 1931. He attended Granite City High School before joining the U.S. Air Force.
Leo lived a long and full life of love with his family and friends. He was married to MarLean for 67 years on March 5. They spent their time building a life of love, loyalty, family and fun. Leo was proud to be involved in his sons lives through sports, scouting, and hunting and fishing. He would not miss a day that he could spend with his grandchildren. He attended all of their activities, celebrating and cheering them on. They were the light of his life. He was proud of how they have become successful and good people. Throughout his life Leo was also an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed his travels to Armenia, Africa, Canada and France. He was a member of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church for 66 years. He spent 33 years working in management at National Steel. He was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Manoogian is survived by his loving wife MarLean Manoogian (nee Dale), as well as sons Stan (Janna) Manoogian and Daniel (Debi) Manoogian, and five grandchildren Lauren, Allison, Claire, Kirk, and Michael Manoogian.
Services: Interment will be held Monday, May 2, 2022 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, 1014 W. Pontoon Road, Granite City, IL 62040.
Dan Manoogian saysMay 5, 2022 at 1:26 am
It is a privilege and an honor to be my father’s son.
He simply was a wonderful father, grandfather and husband. He was happy, contented, and enjoyed his life. Fun, easy to be with, loving, honest, humble, caring and compassionate.
Family was his focus.
Dad had a strong presence, a warm and kind heart, and a big smile that would light up any room.
His gift to each of us was his complete and unconditional love and support.
Yes, he was there for the good times but, even more importantly, he was there for the rough spots too. He was always in my corner and had my back.
I remember as a kid that he attended every single baseball, basketball, and football game I ever played from little league through high school. I always saw his smiling face in the stands.
Being an avid outdoorsman, he gave me the gift of his love of the outdoors by sharing the experience of hunting and fishing with him. He was also involved in my scouting activities and camping trips. I have many cherished memories and important lessons learned from these times.
When Debi and I started our family, he was an enthusiastic supporter of us and our kids. Living out of town didn’t inhibit his interest and involvement with them. Looking through family pictures it is plain to see how much he meant to us all.
And, he loved to play games! We spent many wonderful hours over the years playing pitch, canasta, and gin. He was quite the competitor!!
Dad was also very proud of his Armenian heritage, his service in the U.S. Air Force, and his career at National Steel.
But of all the things he loved in life, nothing was more sacred to him than my mother. He was so proud of their marriage and life together. He was as much in love with her at 91 as he was when they were married 67 years ago. About a year ago he told me “I just want to spend as much time with your mother as possible.” And he fought valiantly this past year and they were together to the end.
My dad lives on with me every day in my memory and in my heart.
I am so grateful to have him in my life. He is a real role model.