Leo F. Pelletier

NAPLES — Leo Francis Pelletier, 89, of Burnham Drive, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2012, at high noon.

Leo was a 20-year Air Force veteran of World War II and Korea, and was also one of the initial members of the famed Hurricane Hunters. During a short separation from the Air Force in the 1940s, Leo tried his hand at minor league baseball, playing the hot corner, third base. After retiring from the Air Force, Leo briefly sold Fuller Brush shortly before becoming a 20-plus-year veteran of Casco Northern Bank as a bank manager and auditor.

Leo was an Eucharistic minister in the Catholic Church for many years. He was also a caregiver to his wife Anna, who had multiple sclerosis, for over 35 years before she passed.

Leo had an incredible sense of humor, he was quick to crack a joke or pull a prank even to the point of nailing his commanding officer's boots to the floor.

A few years after his wife Anna passed, Leo reconnected with an old friend from 50 years ago, Dot Daniels of North Carolina, and ended up relocating there where they were married. He returned to his beloved Maine in 2010 so he could be sure he would spend his final days here with his family.

He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Anna; and a son Leo Pelletier Jr. Surviving are his wife of eight years, Dorothy Daniels of Weldon, N.C.; and children, Edna Stein of East Petersburg Pa., Karen Dewitt of Durham, Matthew Pelletier of Augusta, Ga., Duane Varney of Windham, Michele Vaughn of Madison, N.H., and Michael Pelletier of Naples. Leo also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, with the funeral to immediately follow at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Rd., Casco.

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