He was a graduate of East Akron High School and a decorated WWII Army combat veteran of the Pacific Theater. He obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from University of Akron and worked in manufacturing. He retired from Emerson Electric Motor Division in Paris, Tenn. He married Catherine Shannon (Kay) in 1946. They had seven children, Patrick Stack, of Methun, Mass., Sheila Stack, of Santa Cruz Calif., Margaret Stack Ross, of Peachtree City, Ga., Leonard Michael Stack, of Murrieta, Calif., Rev. Gabriel Stack, of Orange County Calif., and Theresa Mullins and Kathleen Stack, of Yorktown, Va. They had 10 grandchildren, Christine Sweigart and Timothy Stack, Joseph, William, James and Mary Catherine Mullins, Elizabeth and Joseph Stack and Edwin and Patrick Nieves. They had 2 great-grandchildren Madeline Stack and Arlene Sweigart.
Leonard and Kay spent 10 years living in Kennett, Mo. Leonard's goal was to bring the local Motor Division of Emerson Electric to full capacity. Working with the other employees, they were very successful and even expanded the facility. He later managed the facility in Paragould Arkansas as well. They developed strong ties to the neighborhood and the community. Leonard, who always enjoyed the outdoors, particularly enjoyed the hunting, fishing and company of others who shared his enthusiasms. Leonard was active in the Kennett Community and a committed parishioner St. Cecilia's Catholic Church.
Friends are invited to visitation at noon in Holy Cross Catholic Church at 1210 East Wood Street, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 in Paris, Tenn. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m., followed by graveside services at Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers tax deductible donations can be made to St. Michaels Prep School, Head Master Fund, 19292 El Toro Rd., Silverado, CA, 92676. www.stmichaelsprep.org.