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Les was a devoted family man, married to his "Honey", Shirley, for nearly 66 years. Their love story continues to inspire all who have heard the tale. Les and Shirley made their home in Royal Oak, raised five children, and their house became the gathering point for generations of family. At many of those family gatherings, Les could often be found illuminating the complexities of steam engines or quantum mechanics for his grandchildren. Les served proudly in the United States Air Force during World War II, enlisting the very day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, although his start date had to be delayed for graduation. After he finished serving his country, he served the future of his country as a teacher. Les taught chemistry and electronics in the pioneer age of radio and television, and continued to teach for 30 years. He later worked as an engineer for General Motors, helping to develop concept cars and technology for the future. Les loved being able to share information with others, and was a teacher by nature, if not always by trade. He was frequently sought out by family, friends, and neighbors for advice and assistance. When he wasn't hard at work, Les was usually hard at play. Les was known for his endless quest for knowledge, which led him on many adventures - detours known among family and friends as "Wellingtons", where he might invite someone out to lunch, and several hours later end up on a tour of Canada. The journey, rather than the destination, was always the purpose. Les would probably show up late for an appointment, but it was usually with several exciting new stories to share. All his life, Les wanted to know how everything worked, from the smallest particles of space to the biggest man-made machines. He was determined to understand String Theory before he passed. Les had an amazing ability to meld a deep love for science with a deep love for God. In addition to teaching science to his students, he was also a Sunday School teacher with his wife for many years. He taught his children and grandchildren that science and God are not mutually exclusive. Les made a lasting impression on anyone and everyone he met - his friendly demeanor, his sense of humor, his passion for life, and his love of knowledge were infectious. He would become fast friends with almost anyone he met in daily life, listening to the stories of family, friends, and even total strangers with fondness. He could make anyone smile with a pun ("Grampa Jokes"), and something about him inspired a deep sense of respect and trust. Les is survived by his beloved wife Shirley Truscott (nee Richards). He is also survived by his five children: Craig (Bonnie) Truscott, Cynthia (Dennis) Wolff, Randal (Dawn) Truscott, Kristen (David) Kies, and Lisa (Eric) Kolasa. Les was a devoted grandfather to Scott (Sara) Carlson, Brian (Debra) Carlson, Kevin (Rachel) Carlson, Jennifer Wolff, Devon Truscott, MacKenzie Truscott, Christopher Truscott, Timothy Truscott, Tiffany (Joshua) Hulsey, Stacy Stegall, Benjamin Stewart, and Justin Kolasa. Les was a loving great-grandfather to Rachel Carlson, Rebecca Carlson, Benjamin Carlson, Kasey Carlson, Kendal Carlson, Christian Touchton, Zachary Carlson, Nicole Carlson, and Nova Blair. Les is joining his parents Samuel and Beatrice Truscott, brother Stanley Truscott, and granddaughter Kristen Wolff, in Heaven. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave., (btwn 13-14Mile), Royal Oak, MI 48073. Church services will be held at 10a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013, at First Congregational Church of Royal Oak at 1314 Northwood Blvd., Royal Oak, MI 48073. Visitation at church begins at 9am. The funeral procession will follow to Acacia Park Cemetery at 31300 Southfield Rd., Beverly Hills, MI 48025. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak or the American Heart Association.

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