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               In Loving
Memory of

Leo John
"Charlie"
Talaska

Objective Notes removed from
all positive page here

1936 - 2011
72 Years
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     Website design and videos by Eric since 2000 with many major sophisticated digital photo repairs in 2014. Those who only seek something to complain about but don't collaborate or compliment the good are omitted. Yeah go ahead siblings: Right click and copy the images I repaired and then continue complaining. Estimated solo work hours: 500.
    Leo was cheated regarding his inheritance. Leo
never read a book in his life as well as stuttered. His tire factory coworkers were often very hostile and had a very negative influence on him. In 1986, he moved the family to Millwood Lake at the expense of Erika's health and Eric's school stability. Erika often got on to Leo for buying too many collectibles and made the comment "You need that like a hole in the head."
  Leo's personality was that of a "present hedonistic". He often rudely talked over others.
He was very nosy in general, often eavesdropping on phone calls, intercepting mail and general snooping.


For the most part Leo was a very law abiding citizen other than some drinking and driving issues that he is so very lucky to have never gotten in serious trouble over. In 2009 Eric fought to take his car keys from him during an attempt to drive off drunk. Leo was often very generous and sometimes not so generous. He was too frequently a compulsive liar, a trait probably picked up from the terrible tire factory culture. He liked to take his kids fishing, but turned the boat with his trolling motor to favor him and only allowing guests to use defective rods and reels so he always would out-fish them.
     Only three months later after Erika passed away, Leo found a new girlfriend, Helen Parker, and quickly planned to marry her. Helen was a famed Arkansas high school basketball coach. They loved dancing together.
Things Leo didn't like: House lights on, sports referees, wind (especially if fishing), maintenance, criticism, and academics.
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Eric
Helped with much for years to include preventing him from drinking and driving; warned about obesity
Created biography video & awesome album
1st to arrive at hospital, April 1, 2011; s
igned paper to keep him alive as opposed to someone who shortly before scared him and then signed a paper to kill him

Environmental Advocacy



In his older years, Leo was especially concerned about how many log trucks he saw going to the nearby papermill. However, Leo loved to read his daily paper rather than get the news from the Internet or TV. He never recycled, largely because he always lived where it wasn't practiced or wasn't convenient.


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Front license plate Leo had on his Nissan Versa. Proceeds for the plate purchase went towards conservation of wildlife.
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98% of all duck stamp funds
go towards conservation.  Leo purchased many duck stamps throughout the years, many of which he never "used" and so many funds went towards wildlife conservation.

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RW20 1953
Custom Hand Made Lures from Cedar Wood
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It all started when Leo's son Eric whittled a shark shaped lure out of a piece of wood in 1987. Eric said "look, I can easily make a lure out of wood". Leo took it and finished it.  Leo's wife Erika painted most of the gill lines, eyes and some other fine details on the lures. She also made the boxes. Leo and Erika attended trade shows to sell their lures.

It is estimated that Leo made about 750 hand made wooden lures of many different varieties. Materials used included squirrel tails, jewelry parts, bottle caps, etc. Some were original and some were copies of antique lures. They were all hand crafted from cedar wood. Leo stopped making lures around 2005. Around 2007, Eric offered to make a documentary video of how Leo made his lures, etc. but Leo surprisingly backed out.  Third party link: Joseph's Lures
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Created by Eric originally in 2006, then redone in 2014. Good thing Eric didn't let Lee store it or it would have been destroyed like the main albums were by him.
               Oil Paintings
Oil Paintings
Leo copied / traced all his designs from magazines and books
Scanned / photographed in high resolution by Eric (click to enlarge & save copies)
About 10 autographed prints were also made by Eric around 2008 and given to siblings
Cut Coin Jewelry
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Awards & Achievements
U.S. Air Force 1956-1959
Photography Training in Lowry AFB, Colorado. Foreign Service in Spangdahlem AFB, Spain.

Leo never talked much about his service in the Air Force other than his father wanted him to go to Xavier University in Ohio. He took a look at the school, but quickly decided shool is not for him so he promptly joined the service instead. He would have re-enlisted if they would have let him stay in Europe.
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"Every time I go fishin' the wind blows." 
"Go, go, go, go, go, go, go..... allright." 
"I did not." 
"Whata you talkin' about?"  "Oh go on."
"You mean to tell me that all the millions of other people who do this are wrong too? Eric: "Yes, they are."
"Howe's come...?"
"Do you know how to speak Polish? No? How does it feel to be dumber than a Pollock, hee hee hee."   "You're a pretty fart smeller."
"How old were you when you were born?"
"Where did I put my glasses?"
Advice given (rare): Work for the post office and retire early.
Favorite TV programs: Golf, football, evening news, Dr. Oz,
Health: blood type A negative
Leo was fascinated by the fiddle player in this band
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  Leo's personality was that of a "present hedonistic". He often rudely talked over others.
He was very nosy in general, often eavesdropping on phone calls, intercepting mail and general snooping.


For the most part Leo was a very law abiding citizen other than some drinking and driving issues that he is so very lucky to have never gotten in serious trouble over. In 2009 Eric fought to take his car keys from him during an attempt to drive off drunk. Leo was often very generous and sometimes not so generous. He was too frequently a compulsive liar, a trait probably picked up from the terrible tire factory culture. He liked to take his kids fishing, but turned the boat with his trolling motor to favor him and only allowing guests to use defective rods and reels so he always would out-fish them.
     Only three months later after Erika passed away, Leo found a new girlfriend, Helen Parker, and quickly planned to marry her. Helen was a famed Arkansas high school basketball coach. They loved dancing together.
Things Leo didn't like: House lights on, sports referees, wind (especially if fishing), maintenance, criticism, and academics.
Grandchildren
Eric
Helped with much for years to include preventing him from drinking and driving; warned about obesity
Created biography video & awesome album
1st to arrive at hospital, April 1, 2011; s
igned paper to keep him alive as opposed to someone who shortly before scared him and then signed a paper to kill him

Environmental Advocacy



In his older years, Leo was especially concerned about how many log trucks he saw going to the nearby papermill. However, Leo loved to read his daily paper rather than get the news from the Internet or TV. He never recycled, largely because he always lived where it wasn't practiced or wasn't convenient.


Front license plate Leo had on his Nissan Versa. Proceeds for the plate purchase went towards conservation of wildlife.

98% of all duck stamp funds
go towards conservation.  Leo purchased many duck stamps throughout the years, many of which he never "used" and so many funds went towards wildlife conservation.

RW27 1960
RW20 1953
Custom Hand Made Lures from Cedar Wood
It all started when Leo's son Eric whittled a shark shaped lure out of a piece of wood in 1987. Eric said "look, I can easily make a lure out of wood". Leo took it and finished it.  Leo's wife Erika painted most of the gill lines, eyes and some other fine details on the lures. She also made the boxes. Leo and Erika attended trade shows to sell their lures.

It is estimated that Leo made about 750 hand made wooden lures of many different varieties. Materials used included squirrel tails, jewelry parts, bottle caps, etc. Some were original and some were copies of antique lures. They were all hand crafted from cedar wood. Leo stopped making lures around 2005. Around 2007, Eric offered to make a documentary video of how Leo made his lures, etc. but Leo surprisingly backed out.  Third party link: Joseph's Lures
Created by Eric originally in 2006, then redone in 2014. Good thing Eric didn't let Lee store it or it would have been destroyed like the main albums were by him.
               Oil Paintings
Oil Paintings
Leo copied / traced all his designs from magazines and books
Scanned / photographed in high resolution by Eric (click to enlarge & save copies)
About 10 autographed prints were also made by Eric around 2008 and given to siblings
Cut Coin Jewelry
Awards & Achievements
U.S. Air Force 1956-1959
Photography Training in Lowry AFB, Colorado. Foreign Service in Spangdahlem AFB, Spain.

Leo never talked much about his service in the Air Force other than his father wanted him to go to Xavier University in Ohio. He took a look at the school, but quickly decided shool is not for him so he promptly joined the service instead. He would have re-enlisted if they would have let him stay in Europe.
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"Every time I go fishin' the wind blows." 
"Go, go, go, go, go, go, go..... allright." 
"I did not." 
"Whata you talkin' about?"  "Oh go on."
"You mean to tell me that all the millions of other people who do this are wrong too? Eric: "Yes, they are."
"Howe's come...?"
"Do you know how to speak Polish? No? How does it feel to be dumber than a Pollock, hee hee hee."   "You're a pretty fart smeller."
"How old were you when you were born?"
"Where did I put my glasses?"
Advice given (rare): Work for the post office and retire early.
Favorite TV programs: Golf, football, evening news, Dr. Oz,
Health: blood type A negative
Leo was fascinated by the fiddle player in this band