ALTON - Francis H. "Lee" Leland, 83, Chief Petty officer, USCG Retired, lost a courageous battle with heart disease January 17, 2016, peacefully at home surround by his family. He was born February 15, 1932, in Bangor, ME, The son of Shirley and Ella (Silk) Leland.
Francis "Lee" Leland served 20 years in the United States Military; four years in the Marines and 16 years in the Coast Guard. He retired from the Military in 1971 and then worked at Timberland Machines and American Concrete until he retired for good. After retirement, he devoted his time to his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going out in his boat, the outdoors, and spent a lot of time working around the yard. He enjoyed quality time with his family and friends and the many family barbecue get-togethers. His many cats always held a special place in his heart and he treated them with nothing but love.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years Shirley Mae Leland in 2004 and an infant son, Bruce Everett Leland in 1960. Francis is survived by a loving and caring sister, Nancy Salisbury and her husband Richard and their family of Trenton; daughter, Tammy (Leland) Kennedy and her husband John; five sons, Mark "Butch" Leland and his wife Debbie, William Leland, Robert Leland and his wife Milly, Thomas "Bud" Leland and his wife Stacey, and son Mathew Leland and his wife Cathy; grandchildren, Jamie Kennedy and his wife Kim, Tammy (Leland ) Watters and her husband Chris, Mark Rogers, Derek Leland and girlfriend Debbie Xiong, Tianna (Leland) Whitmore and her husband Ryan, Lynda Johnston, Shawn Leland, Kristie (Leland) Spaulding and her husband Clinton, Dana Leland and girlfriend Emily Lonko, Whitney Leland and spouse Caitlin Scott-Leland, Brad Leland, Mikala Leland, Cooper Leland, and Tucker Leland; and many great grandchildren; a very special family friend of many years Ellie Bassett, a special friend Chrissy Thurston; a special companion of many years, Linda Miller, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call 1-3pm Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Birmingham Funeral Home 438 Main St. Old Town, ME 04468, where a celebration of life service will begin at 3pm. Immediately following the service, there will be a reception at the Alton Methodist Church. Interment will be in the spring with military honors at the Alton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks any donations in Francis's name to be made to Hospice of Eastern Maine c/o EMHS Foundation P.O. Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402-9809 www.emhsfoundation.org