Guy Sumner Leeman Jr.,89, died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta.

He was born May 1, 1920, in Palermo, a son of Guy S. and Lillian (Scates) Leeman. The second of four brothers, he grew up on the Leeman farm beside the Sheepscot River. Guy graduated from Walker High School in 1939.

He worked various jobs until he entered the Army, during World War II, where he served in Watertown, Mass. After the war, he married Susan Mathieson Tibbetts of Montville. They lived for a while in Vermont, then settled for 40 years in Hampden, where he and Susan raised their two children, Beverlee “Lee” Tibbetts and Gary S. Leeman. Guy and Sue also opened their home to three young people who were homeless in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Guy worked for Webber Oil in Bangor as a mechanic, and was later self-employed as a woodsman, tree planter and stone mason. He was one of the local characters of the Hampden-Newburgh area, and was well-known, frequently by reputation only, by hunters, fishermen and game wardens of the Eagle Lake area. Their kitchen in Hampden was a popular spot for coffee, donuts, stories and the occasional exaggeration.

Guy and Susan moved to Freedom in 1993 and lived in a log house, the last of four Guy built. He once said he could build anything with a chainsaw and a sledge hammer. In Freedom, Guy considered himself retired. His health declined after a heart attack in 1996, but he always managed to stay busy puttering around, milling wood, gardening, and enjoying their great-grandchildren. He and Sue were lovingly cared for by their daughter, Lee, for the past three years.

Guy was predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, Archie and Lloyd Leeman.

He is survived by his wife, Susan M. Leeman, of Freedom; a stepdaughter, Beverlee Tibbetts, of Freedom; a son, Gary, and his wife, Sharon Leeman, of Palermo; his grandchildren and their families are Tammy (Leeman) and Scott Shaw, Jake, Brooke, and Kodi; Jerry Leeman and Kevin Rhodes of South China; Roxxie, Trevor and Travis Ripley; Laura (Leeman) and Matt Freeman of Freedom, Susie, Jarred, Jayson, Marissa and Rebekah; Guy III and Amy Leeman and Ellie of Palermo; Terry Ann Leeman and Alexis of Winslow; Amanda (Leeman) and Kevin Worth, Isabella and Brodie of Palermo. Guy is also survived by a brother, Bruce, and his wife, Betty Leeman, of Palermo; a sister-in-law, Hilda Leeman; and a large number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Palermo Christian Church in Branch Mills Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Please share a story about Guy with us.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 174, Liberty, ME 04949, or to a charity of choice.

The family would like to extend its gratitude for the excellent care provided by the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta.

Arrangements with Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Rd. (Rt. 32) in Windsor.