Robert's Story

RAVENA, NY - Robert Eugene Leighton, Sr., 78, resident of Ravena, NY since 2012, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 at Timberland Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Barrington, MA. He was born August 11, 1936 in Eastport, ME, the son of the late Raymond C. and Helena Mae (Urquhart) Leighton. On December 30, 1961 he married Ruth Jane (Daugherty) Leighton with whom he spent 45 years of marriage before her passing on December 15, 2006. He was a long time resident of Glenmont, NY (1976-1987) and Niles, Ohio (1991-2012).

Robert was employed by Airco/ BOC Industrial Gases in the Cryogenics (liquid gases) industry for 25 years and finished his career as a Plant Manager before retiring in 1991. He was a veteran of both the United States Marines and the United States Air Force having served during the Vietnam War.

Robert enjoyed golfing, woodworking, fishing, hunting, home improvement and genealogy.

He is survived by his son, Robert E. Leighton Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Dunwoody, GA, two daughters, Pamela (Leighton) DiBiase of Ravena, NY and Claire (Leighton) Zegouros and her husband Vinal of Gray, ME; five grandchildren Alyssa (DiBiase) Cappello, Patrick DiBiase, Christian DiBiase, Miranda (Zegouros) Conrad, and Benjamin Zegouros. Robert also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Gioni Cappello, Vito Cappello, and Hannah Conrad, his sister, Jan Kinnard of Lake Isabella, CA, and his brother Dale Leighton and wife Karlene of Barefoot Bay, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ruth Jane (Daugherty) Leighton, two sisters, Virginia (Leighton) Ritchie and Darlene Leighton, and one brother, Raymond Leighton.

Services will be held 11:00 AM Monday January 5, 2015 at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where Pastor James Dittmar will officiate. Friends may call from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday January 4, 2015 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Lordstown Cemetery, Lordstown, OH.

The family requests that any material contributions be made in his memory to The Fisher House Foundation (, which provides support for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.
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