Leonard K. Hiteshew
Leonard K. Hiteshew
  • October 10, 1943 - April 12, 2017
  • Merritt Island, Florida

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Leonard K. Hiteshew, 73, of Merritt Island, FL passed away April 12, 2017 after a year long brave battle with Mesothelioma.
He was born in Norfolk, VA, October 10, 1943. He grew up in Oceana and Virginia Beach, VA, graduating from Princess Anne High School and Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Computer Science.
Leonard retired as a Major in the U.S. Army. He served in the Vietnam War, 1969-1970, flying AH-1 Cobra Gunships. He proudly served our country and was a life long supporter of the military.
He retired as a design software engineer with Lockheed Martin in 2012. Before transferring to Orlando, he was employed by Link Flight Simulation in Kirkwood, NY. His career in designing military flight simulators for the US also took him to Canada, Australia, and Egypt.
Leonard was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Merritt Island, FL. Going through the ranks of scouting, Leonard became an Eagle Scout and for the past five years he was honored to serve as a member of the Challenger District Eagle Scout Boards of Review. In doing so he provided service to many young men in Brevard County during their final review for Eagle Scout.
Leonard enjoyed traveling, boating, and anything with four wheels. With career demands he especially enjoyed those times he could spend with his family, and being a devoted and active 'Gampy' was the joy of his life.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Cheryl, a daughter Ann K. Hiteshew-Waldmann, a son Todd L. Hiteshew (Kerry), and grandchildren Connor, Evan, and Ava Hiteshew, a brother Warren Hiteshew, a twin sister Margaret Adams (Bob) and extended family, and the family rescue cat, "Maddie."
We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Wuesthoff Medical Center, Rockledge, Dr. Palermo and staff of the Cancer Care Center of Brevard, Rockledge, Solaris Rehab Center, Merritt Island and Vitas Hospice Care.
A visitation will be held Saturday, May 20th, 2017 from 11:00 to 11:30 am at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1900 S. Tropical Trail, Merritt Island, FL 32952. A memorial service will follow at 11:30 am. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (www.curemeso.org) on the Leonard K. Hiteshew Tribute Wall, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars (heroes.vfw.org) or a charity close to your heart.