SOUTHINGTON- Leon C. Doolittle, 93, of Marion, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at his home. He was the husband of the late Jane (Fazzone) Doolittle.
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He was born in Southington on April 8, 1920, son of the late William and Lillian (Deeble) Doolittle. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II . During the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944 he was wounded and held captive. He was a recipient of a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and many other ribbons and awards for his military service. Leon retired from Rex Forge Corp. where he worked for many years. His passion was restoring antique cars including two classic Ford Mustangs. For many years he and his wife enjoyed traveling the U.S. in their motor home.
He is survived by his daughter, Jane and husband, Edward, Thompson, of Southington; a granddaughter, Terry Watson and her husband, Mark; two great-grandchildren, Jillian and Jacob; a special friend, Patricia Parent; and several nieces and nephews including a niece, Karen Doolittle and a nephew, Bill Doolittle, who accompanied him to Belgium to visit the town where he was during the war. He will also be deeply missed by his devoted dog, Lily. He was predeceased by two brothers, Howard and Bill; and a sister, Helen.
Leon's family would like to extend a special thanks to his caregivers, Lynn, Debbie, Eileen, Trisha, Karen, Kate, Cindy, Carole and Karen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St., in Southington. Burial with military honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury. Calling hours are Monday, Feb. 17, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Visit www.dellavecchiafh.com for online tributes and directions.
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 13, 2014