CUBA - Leonard J. Kisel Jr. passed quietly away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Cuba Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Len was the oldest child of Wanda Coffee and Leonard Kisel Sr. Born Feb. 11, 1930, he grew up in North Olean.
Len lived a full, blessed and rich life. He graduated from Olean High School. He then married his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara (White) Pauline, originally from Bolivar; she predeceased him. He joined the U.S. Air Force
, served during the Korean War
and rose to the rank of staff sergeant. Afterward, he earned an AS degree from Erie County Technical College in electrical drafting and worked for Bell Aerospace in Niagara Falls and Westinghouse Corp. in Cheektowaga. He later changed fields and went into industrial sales in the Western New York area and returned to the Olean area in 1977. He did well in all that he undertook throughout his life.
His hobbies and joys were many. He was a lover of gardening for many years and enjoyed many outdoor activities very much, such as fishing, fly fishing, hunting, bow hunting and trapping. Len was also a pretty fair golfer for more than 50 years. He was an avid turkey hunter and was an active member in the local chapter of the NWTF. He also created his very own double slate call back in the 1960s that was reviewed highly, and he sold them all over America. His sons still carry on in golf, hunting and fishing and turkey call making. Len made and shared good wine, horseradish, dill pickles and sauerkraut. He also tied some very good flies for fishing.
After they retired, he and his great wife enjoyed traveling around the country in a fifth-wheel trailer, and they found a nice place in Zephyr Hills, Fla., called Hillcrest Park, which they the good fortune of being able to spend the winter months there together for more than 15 years. At their place in Florida - as in everywhere they went - they enjoyed good food, music and a bit of dancing. They made many very special, great friends there and everywhere.
Len loved his many friends and family, and he truly was a rich man in the love he gave, shared and received. He will be truly missed, well remembered and well thought of often by all. "Happy trails, Len, you did well for yourself and others."
He is the beloved brother of George (Rosie and Ann) Kisel, Suzanne (Rudy) Melk, Jeanne (Ed) Bunch and Sylvia (Dick) Say and brother-in-laws Donnelly and Lawrence White. Len is also survived by his much loved great-grandson, Dillon Price; three grandchildren, Suzanne Price, Benjamin Kisel and Starlyn Kisel; two sons, Stephen and Robert (Mercy) Kisel; and many very great and loving nieces and nephews.