Old Lyme - Leon Machnik, of Old Lyme and Hobe Sound, Fla., died on March 31, 2014, in Middletown.
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Son of Polish immigrant parents, Jozef and Paula (Makera) Machnik, Leon was born on Grassy Hill Road in Lyme on Jan. 7, 1925. The family moved to what is now known as Mile Creek Farm in Old Lyme, where Leon lived his life and raised his family with his wife, Eleanor (Spooner), who died in 2008.
Mr. Machnik attended Colby College and was a veteran of World War II. He was a second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and was a B-24 pilot. He and his brother Tony founded Machnik Bros. Inc. General Contractors in 1957. Together with his wife, they built Witch Meadow Lake Campsites, a family campground in Salem.
Mr. Machnik is survived by his children, Judi Hahn and her husband, Alan, and Todd Machnik and his wife, Becky, all of Old Lyme; his cherished grandchildren, Kristen Hahn, Abby Lynn Farmer and her husband, Drew, Tom Machnik and his fiancÃ©e, Kathleen Mathews, Kevin and Peter Machnik.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Helen Grimes, Mary Connors, Mildred McGowan, Julia Elliott, Tony Machnik, and Paula Smith.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 4, in Christ The King Church, McCurdy Road, Old Lyme. Burial with military honors will be in Duck River Cemetery.
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Published in The Day on Apr. 2, 2014