Herbert L. Leach, age 96 of Wellesley Island NY and formerly of Ogdensburg NY & Watertown NY passed away Monday (August 25, 2014) at the Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown.
Herbert was born April 12, 1918 in Fairfax VT, a son of the late Lyman & Maybelle (Wright) Leach. He graduated from Burlington High School and continued his education at the University of Vermont and then at the University of Maryland. In 1941 he joined the US Army as part of the Vermont National Guard during WWII and served throughout the Pacific Theatre including the recapture of the Philippines. He married Ruth Fuller (Williston Vt.) on January 1942 in Starke, FL. After WW II he returned to Burlington area and worked for the Federal Gov’t in St Albans until he was recalled to service with the Vermont National Guard for the Korean Conflict. In 1952 he entered the US Border Patrol and was stationed in McAllen TX, Calais ME, Calexico CA, Watertown NY and Ogdensburg NY, where he retired in 1978, as Senior Intelligence Officer having accumulated a career of over 40 years Federal Service.
Surviving are his children, Susan Woodward & her husband Jack of Wellesley Island, NY; Trisha Fluno & her husband David of Watertown, NY and Pamela McDonald & her husband John of Mesa, AZ; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews & cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth and two sisters Dorothy Rowell and Thelma Kowall.
He was a long time member of the Ogdensburg Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Award in 2000. Herbert was also a member of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association and the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol Officers.
Memorial contributions can be made to National Border Patrol Museum, 4315 Woodrow Bean Trans Mountain Rd, Elpaso, TX 79924 (915)-759-6060 or Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 788-7323. As per his request, there will be no public services. His place of rest will be at Foxwood Memorial Park, Ogdensburg NY.
Condolences are welcomed online at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.