Thomas "Tommy" Leland Schleiff

April 30, 1937December 24, 2018

Thomas “Tommy” Leland Schleiff, passed away at the age of 81 on December 24, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born April 30, 1937 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the late Earl Lindsey Schleiff and Mary Belle Proctor. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a Marine Corps security guard at the American Embassy in France. He loved outdoor activities (fishing, camping, snow skiing, golfing) and indoors (bowling, pool, and darts) He loved to “tinker” with electronics and enjoyed time as an operator on amateur (Hertz-Armstrong-Marconi – HAM) radio. He was also a member of the VFW. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Dennis Schleiff and sister, Linda Payne.

Memorial service will be held 10:00 AM Friday, March 29, 2019 at Fentress Mortuary Chapel with Inurnment of ashes to follow at the Fort Smith National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.

He is survived by his wife Betty Schleiff, three daughters; Sonja Smith, Patty Schleiff and Kathy Fox, son Eugene Sanders, seven grandchildren and brother, Paul Schleiff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warriors Family Support 11218 John Galt Blvd. Suite 103, Omaha, NE 68137 or online at and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 875 N. Randolf St. Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 or online at Organizations.


29 March

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Fentress Mortuary


1805 North A Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901


Thomas "Tommy" Leland Schleiff

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Jon Proctor

December 28, 2018

Many fond memories of time spent at aunt Marybelle's home on Fisher Ave. with Tommy, Linda & Paul I understand that Denny's son still lives in the Fisher home.. I last saw Tommy when he moved back to Fort Smith approximately late '80's. He took me to play darts somewhere on Towson Ave.. We also spent time "driving down memory lane" , all through Fort Smith & Van Buren. Sadly, lost track after that.
Please know that you are in my prayers during this time of remembering & celebrating a life well lived.
Jon Proctor Indio, CA Phone 559-284-5060