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Robert Leithead

July 3, 1927 — March 14, 2019

Robert V. Leithead, 91, passed away at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, VT  on Thursday, March 14, 2019, with loved ones by his side.

Robert (Bob) was born in Newport, Vt. on July 3, 1927, to the late George Robert and Clara (Vance) Leithead.  On March 19, 1955, he married Myrle (Woodmansee) Whitcomb, the love of his life.

Bob served in the military and was stationed in Germany during WWII.  He worked at Fairbanks Scales in St. Johnsbury, Vt. from May 1, 1947, until he retired on August 1, 1991.  He was an avid hunter and swimmer and also enjoyed snowmobiling and camping.  Bob enjoyed all his later years camping at Sugar Ridge where he was well known as “Grampa” and as “Sugar Bear’s” chauffer.  Bob was a long time member of the VFW Post #793 in St. Johnsbury.

He was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of sixty years: Myrle Leithead; also two sons: Walter and Richard Whitcomb; granddaughter: Barbara Jean Whitcomb; grandson: Rance Peck; great-grandson: Chad Lumbra; niece: Cynthia Gates; son-in-law: Charles “Bob” Fenoff; and daughter-in-law: Barbara Whitcomb.

Surviving are five of his children: Gary Leithead and wife, Bonnie, of Lyndonville, Judy Lamont and husband, Frank, of Florida, Jean Peck and Herb Horst of Florida, Janet Fenoff and Arnold “Spunky” Dodge of St. Johnsbury Center, and Bernard Whitcomb and Judy Ogata of California; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his loving sister: Barbara Ticehurst of White River Junction.

Graveside services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery May 18, 2019 at 10:00AM. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome. There will be no services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Norris Cotton Center as he was a cancer survivor:

Norris Cotton Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

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