Lt. Col. Robert Leites

Obituary of Lt. Col. Robert L. Leites

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Leites (Bob), a distinguished Green Beret and esteemed member of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG) 5th Special Forces Group, passed away on December 4, 2023, at the age of 92. Born on September 16, 1931, in Massachusetts, to Alfred and Josephine Leites, Bob’s remarkable life was marked by courage, dedication, and service to his country. Enlisting in the US Army at the age of 18, Bob underwent training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, before embarking on a storied military career. He served as part of Infantry HHC, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. As a Green Beret, he demonstrated exceptional skill and valor, serving multiple tours in Vietnam. His commitment to duty and unwavering dedication earned him the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. It was during his service in Korea that Bob met the love of his life, Katy. Their union, which began on January 2nd, 1962, would span over six decades and become the foundation of a rich family life. Upon retiring from the Army, Lieutenant Colonel Leites, along with his beloved wife Katy, settled in Colorado, where they established a home and raised their three children. Bob transitioned to civilian life with equal success, enjoying a fulfilling career with Mutual of Omaha and NCOA for over 30 years. A man of achievement and honor, Bob volunteered at the Sacramento VA for nine years, embodying the spirit of service even in his retirement. Throughout their journey, Robert and Katy ventured from Colorado to Utah, before moving to California, where they spent over 30 years together, building a life filled with love, laughter, and shared purpose. Bob Leites is survived by his devoted wife, Katy; his children Roberta (Tom) McCollum, Robert Jr. (JeAnne) Leites, Frances (Ted) Bale, Kathy (Bob) Horan, and Glen (Wendy) Leites; his grandchildren – Rachael, Brandon, Denver, Lucy, Laurel, Brad, Nichole, Cody, Sean, and Perri; numerous great grandchildren, family, and friends. His absence will be deeply felt by all who knew him, as they remember a cherished man whose life was marked by sacrifice, service, and an enduring commitment to family and country.


Funeral mass

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday, December 14, 2023
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
5150 N. Valley View Rd.
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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