Kenneth H. Leaf, age 74, of Orange passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven surrounded by his loving family. He was born on December 15, 1942 in Bridgeport to the late Charles and Ellen Swensen Leaf and was a graduate of Bassick High School Class of 1960.
He proudly served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era serving as a B-52 Crew Chief and assigned to the organizational maintenance squadron at the March Air Force Base in California and was also stationed in Guam where he was part of 4133rd Bombardment Wing at Anderson Air Force Base. He worked for Avco Lycoming of Stratford where he was a member of Local 1010, Bullard Company of Bridgeport and was currently employed as a quality assurance specialist for 33 years for the Department of Defense. An active member of the community, he is the current Commander of the American Legion Post 127 in Orange, where he previously served as the Vice Commander. He previously belonged to the SS Norden Club of Black Rock. He was also a car enthusiast and raced at Dover Raceway and Connecticut Drag Strip.
A devoted husband, father, brother and uncle, he is survived by his loving wife Deborah Barnes Leaf, his children Jacqueline, Derek and Elena Leaf all of Orange, sister Dorothy DeWalt and her husband Al of Trumbull and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his brother Charles Leaf Sr. and nephews Charles Leaf Jr. and Doug DeWalt. Arrangements were in the capable hands of the Smith Funeral Home, 135 N Broad St., Milford. A funeral service was held on August 11th. Interment followed in Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the American Legion Post 127 Scholarship Fund. The family would like to thank all first responders and health care professionals that helped with Ken’s care.