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Howard J. "Bill" Leech


Howard J. "Bill" Leech, 93, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 at his home in Durham, NC.

Bill was born May 28, 1923, in Norwood, PA. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris nee Hirst; three sons and their wives: David and wife Betsy, Robert and wife Carolyn, and Thomas and wife Elizabeth; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Bill was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, a B-17 navigator during WWII. He flew 20 missions before being shot down over Germany and spent nine months as a prisoner of war. He completed his BS in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and received his PhD in Chemistry from the Institute of Paper Chemistry. He was employed 31 years by Weyerhaeuser Company in Longview WA, Plymouth, NC, and Valliant, OK in managerial positions. He was active in both the Lutheran and Presbyterian Churches and worked for Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels among other charitable activities.

A memorial service is scheduled at the First Presbyterian Church in New Bern, NC, on Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, he requested for contributions to be made to the American Red Cross.

Condolences may be sent to cremationsocietync.com
Published in The News & Observer on Oct. 12, 2016
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