Leo Michael MacCourtney
Leo Michael MacCourtney, 82, St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, Milwaukee, Wis., passed away Oct. 13, 2013.
He was born in Pittsburgh, son of Leo and Eva MacCourtney. He married Barbara Hennessey on Dec. 27, 1954, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona.
Surviving are four children: Leo Jr. of Morristown, N.J., Molly Duffey of Elm Grove, Wis., Kane of Huntington, W.Va., and Christian of Rochester Hills, Mich.; 12 grandchildren: Colin, Conor, Kyle and Caitlin MacCourtney of Morristown, N.J., Ryan, Mathew and Keenan Duffey of Elm Grove, Wis., Kelsey and Christian MacCourtney of Huntington, W.Va., and Erin, Sarah and Daniel MacCourtney of Rochester Hills, Mich.; and a great-grandchild, Elly Quinn Duffey of Elm Grove, Wis.
Leo is also survived by his twin sister, Eva Duncan of Altoona; and his older sister, Eileen Krosse of Medina, Ohio.
Leo graduated from Altoona Catholic High School in June 1949 and the University of South Carolina in 1954. He gave distinguished service as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He spent his career in the television broadcasting business, starting as a copywriter for WFBG-TV (now WTAJ-TV) in Altoona and rising to the general manager level with Gateway Communications. He was vice president/general manager for Gateway at WLYH-TV in Lebanon, WOWK-TV in Charleston-Huntington, W.Va., and WTAJ-TV in Altoona.
Leo believed in giving back to the local communities where he lived. He was past president of Kiwanis and a member of the Lebanon County Community Chest Board, Rotary Club, Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, Advertising Club of Huntington and the advisory board of the Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau and Cabell County Career and Technology Center. He also served as chairman of the West Virginia liaison to the National Association of Broadcasters and secretary-treasurer of the ABC Television Affiliate Board. He had been inducted into the West Virginia Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Leo was devoted to the Boy Scouts of America. He earned his Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 27, 1949, and had been involved with various executive positions in scouting for more than 40 years. He held the honor of Distinguished Eagle Scout and was named a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, which recognizes adult leaders’ distinguished service to local Boy Scout councils.
A private Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus by Father Douglas Leonhardt. Interment will be at Woodmere Park Cemetery in Huntington, W.Va.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus, 3800 N. 92nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53222.
Arrangements are by Becker Ritter Funeral Home, Brookfield, Wis.