Leon K. Bemis


April 21, 1915
- December 08, 2004

OWLS HEAD - Leon K. Bemis, 88, of Owls Head, formerly of Leavitt Ave., Lewiston, died Dec. 8, 2004 in Owls Head, where he had resided for the past two years. Born in Brownville, April 21, 1915, he was the son of Ezra and Nellie (Copeland) Bemis. He attended Brownville Junction High School. After living in Gardiner and Hampden, he moved with his family to Lewiston in 1951. He was married for 63 years to Julia B. (McGrath) Bemis, who passed away Aug. 31, 2000. As a World War II Army veteran, he served as a Sergeant with the 2nd Infantry Division. The Presidential Citation Combat Infantry Badge, four Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and a Bronze Star were among the honors awarded during his tours of duty in France, Belgium, Germany and Czechoslovakia. He was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired in 1976 after working as meat manager at various Lewiston grocery stores as well as being employed at Snows, Inc. After his retirement, he was employed part time at Service Merchandise. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed woodworking in his retirement years. Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Chase of Brownville Junction, Rosalie Fogg of Lake Placid, Fla.; two daughters, Maxine and her husband, Philip Ruggles of Las Vegas, Nev., Patricia and her husband, Walter Wotton of Owls Head; a son, Robert and his wife, Suzanne Bemis of Sun City Center, Fla.; six grandchildren, Robert Jr. and his wife, Gina Bemis of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Major Scot and his wife, Brianne Bemis of Illesheim, Germany, Judy and her husband, Larry Russell of Corona, Calif., John Ruggles of Oxnard, Calif., Tracey and her husband, Chris McDermott of Abington, Mass., Stacey and her husband, Tony Fournier of Auburn; nine great-grand-children, Bobby, Scotty, Abby, Bret, Michelle, Robby, Nick, Caitlin, and Erin, along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Bemis was predeceased by five brothers, Linwood, Harold, Nat, Charles, and Manley; three sisters, Ruth Stiles, Helen Vose, and Pauline Tufts. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at the Lary Funeral Home, Milo, with Pastor David Mumford officiating. Spring interment will be in the family lot in Pinetree Cemetery, Brownville Junction Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Brownvillle Junction High School Alumni Assoc., PO Box 151, Brownville Junction, ME 04415.


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