Leon's Story

SEBRING, FLA. - Leon L. St. Louis, age 90, passed away on September 24, 2015 at Highlands Regional Hospital in Sebring, Florida. He was born on April 15, 1925 in Milford, son of Leo and Gladys (Bouchard) St. Louis and was the fifth of thirteen children. He grew up in Carmel and after graduating from Carmel High School in 1943, served in the U.S. Navy and was a Sea Bee in WWII.

He began working at Webber Oil Co. in Bangor in 1946, starting out in construction and working his way up to Maintenance Supervisor and then Projects Manager. He built over 15 service stations throughout central Maine and oversaw the renovations and maintenance of all of the company's facilities. He retired in 1990.

Leon married Rita Thibodeau of Old Town in 1948. Skilled in carpentry, he built a home in Carmel, where he and his wife raised four children. He was known around town as a Jack-of-all-trades and was often called upon for help. He enjoyed piloting his small-engine airplane, hunting, fishing, playing cards, and spending time at the camp he built in Bingham. He loved having family singalongs and sharing jokes, and he spent many hours on woodworking projects in his workshop. He and his wife moved to Florida in 2012 to live near two of their children.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Rita (Thibodeau) St. Louis of Sebring, FL.; three daughters, Victoria Reger and her husband Michael of Monroe, GA, Sandra St. Louis of Buffalo, NY, and Cynthia Klein and her husband Jeffrey of Avon Park, FL; one son, James St. Louis and his partner Betty Small of Orange City, FL; four grandchildren, Bridgette and Michael Reger, Matthew Reger and his wife Jamie, Joshua Fox and his wife Barbara; five great-grandchildren, Ryan, Gabrielle and Patrick Holmes, Joseph Reger, and Andrew Fox; one sister, Jeanette Sylvester and her husband Roger of Carmel; one brother, Richard St. Louis and his wife Donna of Brewer; and many nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his parents; three brothers, Donald, Harold, and Eugene St. Louis; and seven sisters, Hazel Jarvis, Helen Bonder, Dorothy Overcash, Alice Pitman, Virginia Tracy, Evelyn Dunton, and Phyllis Smith.

A private memorial service will be held in November in Sebring, FL. Interment will be at Highland Cemetery in Carmel at a date yet to be determined.
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