Leon F. Higgins, 83, died peacefully May 18, 2010, with his family by his side.

He was born in Orrington March 27, 1927, a son of Edith and Frederick Higgins.

Leon graduated from Hermon High School, class of 1944. He went on to be a merchant marine for two years until he joined the Army in 1946. During his time in the military he was command sergeant major and he also taught ROTC at Bangor High School. After retiring from teaching ROTC, he went back to Bangor High School as a maintenance engineer, which he retired from in 1986. Leon was a 32nd degree Master Mason and a member of the Shrine.

After retiring, Leon enjoyed spending time with his family at his camp on Swan Lake, and working on daily projects at his home in Winterport. He really enjoyed the outdoors, reading books, time with family, watching NASCAR on TV and woodworking, at which he spent a lot of time working on special projects for his grandchildren.

Leon is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Vianna (Nelson) Higgins; a daughter, Michelle Cross, and her husband, Gary; a granddaughter, Megan Greenlaw, and her husband, Buddy; a grandson, Garret Cross, and his special friend, Janel; a great-grandson, Carsen; four sisters, Lillian, Alice, Carol, and Bonnie; two brothers, Bobby and Sherwood; a brother-in-law, Donald, and his wife, Rita; a sister-in -law, Irma; and several special nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his very special pal, Middy.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two sisters, Phyllis and Arlene; a brother, Lawrence; and a granddaughter, Kacy Lynn.

At Leon’s request there will be no formal funeral services. Interment will be private at Oak Hill Cemetery, Winterport.

Those who wish may make donations in his name to Cancer Care of Maine, c/o Healthcare Charities, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402.

Arrangements are with Hampden-Gilpatrick Funeral Home, 45 Western Ave., Hampden. Messages of condolence and memories may be shared through hampdengilpatrick.com.