Leon J. Belles, 68, of Plains Township, died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter with his family by his side.
Born in Plains, he was the son of the late Paul and Helen (Kelly) Belles, and was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, class of 1964. Leon was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars. He was a member of the Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Conlon Post 558, Plains.
Leon was employed as a laborer until his retirement.
He was a member of Polish American Veterans, Henry Citizens Club of Plains Township and St. Benedict's Parish, Parsons.
Leon enjoyed baseball and basketball, but his greatest love was his grandchildren.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his mother and father, was his nephew, Jason McNeil.
Surviving are his daughters, Kimberly Belles of Wilkes-Barre and companion Thomas Regan Jr., and Tracy Ornoski and husband Michael, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Katie and Emily Dickson and Gavin Regan; sisters and brother, Dorothy Mazur, Wyoming; Richard Belles and wife Betty Ann, of Suscon; Paulette Weeks and her husband, Ray; Lorraine Giovannini and her husband, Ted, and Shirley McNeil and her husband, Rodney, all of Plains; nephews and nieces, uncles and aunts.
Funeral will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Benedict's Parish, St. Dominick's Church, 155 Austin Ave., Parsons. Interment with military honors will be held in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas.
Family and friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to St. Benedict Parish, St. Dominick's Church, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Online condolences may be made to www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 23, 2013