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“Marlene, So sorry...I know I just sent you a X-mas card without knowing of Leon's passing. We always enjoyed dancing with you both & visiting with...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Lois Willard - Putney, VT

“Dear Marlene, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know the many memories of the special moments you shared with Leon will...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Carol MacInnes - Tampa, FL

“Marlene: We are sorry to hear of Leon's passing. Even though it has been awhile since we have seen either of you, we still have fond memories of...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Kevin and Lauri Miner - Newfane, VT

“Dear Marlene and Family, Leon was a wonderful man with a beautiful smile and chuckle. Cal said he was an excellent mechanic. Our thoughts and...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Cal & Verna Lang - Newfane, VT

“Dear Grandma and family, I have been very saddened to hear about Grandpa's passing. He was a good man and the best grandfather I could have ever...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Nate Bills - Townshend, VT

“Dear Marlene & Family, Truly sorry to hear of Leon's passing. Harvey said he had a talent to repair vehicles no one else could. He was a wonderful...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Harvey Plimpton - Wardsboro, VT

“Marlene - So sorry to hear about Leon - At least he is at peace now. We will try and make it to see you on Thursday. We will be thinking of you and...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“sorry to hear of Leon's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Eddie and Beverly Coughlin ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“To Randy, Marlene and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Leon and how kind he was to me. We spent a lot of time together and...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: JeriLynne Frankenhoff - Ludlow, MA

“Sorry to hear that Leon has just passed away. These will be hard times for all of you. But the Lord takes care of all of us. God Bless you all...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Lorraine Schoellhorn-(Meyer) - VT

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Marlene, and all your family. We always enjoyed our visits with Leon, and will always remember all the laughter...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“To Leon's family and friends, We were sorry to hear of Leon's passing. He was a nice guy, friendly and always smiling. May God Bless each of you as...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Mary (Childs)Tier - Brattleboro, VT

“To Leon's family and friends, We were very sorry to read about Leon's passing. What a nice man, very friendly and always smiling. May God Bless each...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Mary (Childs)Tier - Brattleboro, VT

“To Leon's family and friends. Very sorry to read of his passing. He seemed to always be smiling, very friendly and a great guy. God Bless each one as...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Mary (Childs)Tier - Brattleboro, VT

“To all of Leon's family, So sorry to read of the passing of Leon. He was a nice man. Always smiling and friendly. May God be with each of you during...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Mary (Childs) Tier - Brattleboro, VT

“Bruce and Margaret, very sorry to hear of Leon's passing. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Brooks - New York, NY

“I worked with Leon at Santa's Land back in 2001. Sorry for the loss of a sweet man. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: Edie DeRosia - Bellows Falls, VT

“Sorry to read about the loss of husband and father he was agreat man. Our thought go out to all the family. ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: RUTH Warren - Feeding Hills, MA

“Offering our deepest condolences during this time. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: The Staff of Atamaniuk Funeral Home - VT


Dummerston- Leon Bruce Bills, Jr., 89 of West River Road died peacefully Tuesday morning, November 20, 2012 at Pine Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mr. Bills was born at home in West Wardsboro on March 25, 1923 the son of Leon B. and Sadie (Underwood) Bills. He grew up in Wardsboro where he attended local schools. A veteran of World War II he proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy stationed in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He served from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1946. For 30 years he owned and operated Leon Bills Auto Repair Garage on Route 30 in Newfane. Prior to establishing his own business he had managed L&L Service Center, a full service gas station located in East Jamaica. In his earlier years he drove both logging and lumber trucks making deliveries in Massachusetts and Connecticut. For several years he had also been employed at Pratt & Whitney in West Hartford, Connecticut. He held membership in the Valley Lions Club where he had served as president and was a member of the American Legion, Townshend Post #16 and the V.F.W. Carl M. Dessaint Post #1034 in Brattleboro. Mr. Bills was a longtime member of the Newfane Congregational Church where he had served on the building committee. With his wife he enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the Green Mountain Squares and the Honey Bee Square Dance Club of Deland, Florida. He preferred warm weather and for many years wintered in Central Florida with his wife. He enjoyed the outdoors including hunting and fishing. A devoted family man he cherished time spent with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Bills was also an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He was first married to Ethel Grindlay in Brattleboro on December 22, 1943. The marriage ended in divorce. He later married Marlene Westine on July 12, 1958 at the Newfane Congregational Church. Besides his faithful and loving wife of 54 years he leaves four sons, Bruce and Margaret Bills of Townshend, Craig Bills of Brattleboro, Brett and Vickie Bills of Newfane and Randy and Tina Bills of Brookline, two daughters, Darlene and Charles Dougherty of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Kelley and Christopher Pluff of Newfane. Additionally he is survived by two sisters, Leona Fuller of Barre and Doris Clark of Ludlow, Vermont, 13 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by one grandson Connor Barry, six sisters and three brothers. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be conducted Thursday 11/29/2012 at 2:00 P.M. at the Newfane Congregational Church with Pastor Rob Hamm officiating. A reception will follow the services to be held at the Newbrook Fire Station on Route 30. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in the name of Mr. Bills to Grace Cottage Hospital, Route 35, Grafton Road, Townshend, Vermont 05353 attn Robert Backus, MD.

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