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Leland (Lee) Newton Knickerbocker

1923 - 2014 DALTON Leland (Lee) Newton Knickerbocker, 91, of Sebastian, Fla., passed away July 19, 2014, at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. He was the eldest son of Douglas N. and Ruth (Loomis) Knickerbocker of Dalton. He graduated from Dalton High School and attended post graduate vocational school of carpentry. After serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific, he returned to Dalton where he married the former Helene Savery. He began his career as a home builder with his partner and mentor, Lyman Galusha. He furthered his career as a developer, Lee Knickerbocker, Inc., and custom built many homes in Dalton. He was a member of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) of Dalton and donated his time and skills doing renovations to local churches. He was also a member of the Dalton Rotary and a former member of the Masonic Temple. He loved to travel and saw the world with Helene and his friends, Harry Walton and Abbott Combes. He and Helene were very proud of their garden, sharing their bounty of fruits, vegetables, and flowers with friends, neighbors and family. He and Helene relocated to Sebastian, Fla., in 1989, to enjoy the warmer winters and to be near grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Helene, and by son-in-law, Howie Seckendorf, of Barrington, N.H. Leland is survived by his brother, Gerald Knickerbocker of Brattleboro, Vt.; son, Clark (Anne) Knickerbocker of Houston, Texas; daughter, Patricia (Christopher) Gray of Sebastian, Fla., and daughter, Kimberly Seckendorf of Barrington, N.H.; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many. MEMORIAL NOTICE: A service to celebrate Lee's life will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Seawinds Funeral Home in Sebastian, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to: The Snapdragon Book Foundation, c/o Steven Knickerbocker, 2630 Traywick Chase, Alpharetta, GA 30004 If anyone would like to send the family a message or share a story, they may visit www.seawindsfh.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 6, 2014
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