Northumberland – Paul M. Leese, 77, known by most as “Butch” passed away on April 4, 2020, to sit down with the Lord to find out his questions that he could not get answered on earth while living.
He was born November 11, 1942 in the Sunbury Hospital the son of Guy Edward and Gertrude (Sechrist) Leese. November 12th 1966, he married the former Donna Keen, who survives.
Butch graduated from Northumberland High School with the class of 1960. He served a short while in the Air Force. He retired from the Sheet Metal Union Local #44 where he worked as a sheet metal mechanic. He also did freelance work as a photographer for the Daily Item, Milton Standard, and occasionally has photos in the Sun Gazette.
He was known for his letters to the editor that everyone liked to read. He would also call in as a guest speaker to “Talk Back” with Mark Lawrence on WKOK to add his two cents.
Butch enjoyed planes and going to shows when he could. He enjoyed bowling which he shared with his grandsons and he loved reading, especially history ,whether it was Northumberland or government. He felt that if you learn from others you should not make the same mistake as they did.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by a daughter Marine Ashton, two grandsons William “Billy” and his wife Brandy Ashton and Brett Ashton, a son Ty Leese, 3 granddaughters that were taken from him by children and youth despite him trying to fight for custody, his only sibling left is his sister Patricia “Patsy” and Larry Bendle who was his friend from his class in San Antonio, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his older brothers, Guy “Junie” Leese and Freeman “Skip” Leese.
A private graveside service will be held in Stone Valley Church Cemetery, Dalmatia.
Arrangements are by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King Street, Northumberland.
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