F. Leighton Fennell, 97, of Cabot passed away Tuesday at Concordia Lutheran Ministries.
He was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Butler, and was a son of the late Floyd R. Fennell and the late Ola Anthony Fennell.
Leighton was a graduate of Butler High School. He went on to receive a degree in television engineering from Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in Washington, D.C.
Leighton worked for five years as a television engineer in Washington, D.C., and in Pittsburgh, followed by working as a printer for 31 years for the Butler Eagle, retiring in 1986.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II on the USS Allen and on Midway Island.
Mr. Fennell was a member of First United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of Butler Amateur Radio Association, as well as a member of American Radio Relay League, Tanglewood Senior Citizen Group, AARP, MORA Club, the Methodist Men of Nixon United Methodist Church and Asbury Sunday school class. He was a ham radio operator since April of 1939, with the call letters W3TIG and enjoyed dancing and church activities.
He is survived by his two daughters, Carole Keck of Saxonburg and Joyce Fennell of Butler; three grandchildren, Steven Keck, Erin Oberst and her husband, Dan, and Mark Keck; his sister, Phyllis Stutz Heaton of Butler; his brother-in-law, Wendell Burtner; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Christie Fennell, whom he married on May 9, 1952, and who passed away on March 5, 1994; a brother, Alan Fennell; a son-in-law, Vernon Keck; and three sisters, Elaine Newcaster, Shirley Hepting Edwards and Beryl Rectanus.
FENNELL - Friends of F. Leighton Fennell, who died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, 124 E. North St., Butler.
A funeral service will be held immediately following at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Barbara Stoehr of First United Methodist Church officiating.
Military honors will be conducted at the funeral home by officers and members of the American Legion Post 117 Butler, American Legion Post 778 Lyndora, and VFW Post 249 Butler.
Private burial will take place in Butler County Memorial Park.
Memorial donations are suggested to First United Methodist Church, 200 E. North St., Butler, PA 16001, or to the Butler County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 2561, Butler, PA 16003-2561.
Online condolences can be given at www.thompson-miller.com