Robert F. Leyman, 91, of Heritage Village, Gerry, formerly of Kennedy passed away Friday, (Dec. 28, 2012) in Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.
A lifelong area resident he was born Oct. 30, 1921, in Falconer, the son of the late John and Anna Moore Leyman.
Bob was a 1940 graduate of Falconer High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force serving during World War II from 1941-45. While serving in the military he was an administrative specialist stationed in Iceland, Scotland, England and France. When he was honorably discharged from the military he had earned the rank of sergeant and received a Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.
Robert F. Leyman
Prior to retirement in 1983, Bob was employed by the International Union of Operating Engineers having operated and maintained heavy equipment. He spent a few years working on the construction of the NYS Thruway.
Bob was a member of the Kennedy Fire Department, town of Poland recreation, planning and zoning boards, Cardinal Hills Golf Club and Breezewood Golf Links. In earlier years, he had served as a Boy Scout Troop Leader for Troop 75. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing and was an avid golfer. During retirement Bob and his wife Posy spent 15 winters in Florida where he enjoyed fishing, boating and golfing.
Surviving are three chil-dren: Barry (Shirley) Leyman of Falconer, Nancy (Thomas) Phillips of Dunkirk, and Barbara (Rick) Czerniak of Kennedy; four grandchildren: Jason (Tina) Lindahl, Chad (Alecia) Lindahl, Thomas (Allison) Phillips Jr., Jamie Phillips; two step-grandchildren: Martin Godwin, James Godwin; two great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Doris Silk of Ellington, Lola Keith of Washington state, Margaret Scaneo of Gerry.
He was preceded in death by his wife Rosamond J. "Posy" Finch Leyman, whom he married Jan. 1, 1946, in Falconer, who died Oct. 24, 2003; two brothers: Harold Leyman, John Leyman and a sister Martha Benson.
Burial will be in Kennedy Riverside Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Falconer Funeral Home.
Memorials may be donated to the Kennedy Fire Department, Kennedy, NY 14747.
Visit our website at www.falconerfuneralhome.net to light a candle in remembrance.