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Orville "Zeke" Carl Leighton, 88, died after a lengthy illness July 7, 2016, at a Bangor health care facility. He was born June 25, 1928, in Lincoln, the son of Eugene and Vanonia (Gesner) Leighton.

After high school Zeke attended Coyne Electrical School in Boston where he learned the electrical trade. Later he joined the United States Army, serving his country during the Korean War from October 1950 until October 1952. He married Ella Mae Fraser, July 18, 1952. They settled in Brewer where they raised their family together. He worked for Webber Oil, the B & A Railroad and Maine Central Railroad. Zeke enjoyed being a member of the Anah Shriners, the Drum and Bugle, Pine State Amateur Ham Radio Club and the Penobscot Conservation Club. He loved fishing Beech Hill Pond, and got a lot of satisfaction in helping others.

In addition to his parents, Zeke was predeceased by brothers, Garland, George and Frank; sister, Ruby; and daughter, Jane. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Ella; son, John; daughter, Linda Delahanty and husband, Dan; grandchildren, Jason Leighton, Laurie Lyons, Christopher Leighton, Michael Delahanty and Meghan Delahanty; brothers, William "Bud" and James "Jimmy"; and sisters, Mary Gaudreau and Patricia "Pat." The Leighton Family would like to thank the entire staff at the Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor for their dedicated care of Zeke.

Services will be private for the family. Those who wish to remember Zeke in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Maine Veterans' Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401 or to the Anah Shriners, 1404 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
Published on  July 11, 2016
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