Benjamin R. Leone, 88, of Harrisville died at 4:45 pm Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Trinity Living Center, Grove City.
A son of Ralph and Edith Vitale Leone he was born in Boyers on March 25, 1926. He was a graduate of Grove City High School.
A veteran of World War II Mr. Leone served in the US Navy from August of 1943 until June of 1946.
At the age of 17 Ben went to work at Cooper Bessemer. He left to serve in the navy and then returned for a total of 52 years of service for the company. He was the employee with the most longevity at the time of the plant closing. He was working in the shipping/receiving department and during over half a century of service he never missed a day due to illness.
He enjoyed woodworking, furniture building, hunting and gardening.
He was a member of Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Boyers. He was a member of the Slippery Rock V.F.W.
On July 26, 1947 he married Virginia M. Hooks; she died September 15, 2014. Surviving are a daughter Amy Morgan and her husband Alan of Slippery Rock, a son Douglas Leone of Harrisville, 2 grandchildren Jennifer Dietrich of Monument, CO and Jason Morgan and his wife Laura of Green Mountain Falls, CO and 3 great-grandchildren Owen, Liam and Nolen. Also surviving are 2 brothers James Leone and his wife Clara of Slippery Rock and Edward Leone and his wife Paula of Boyers and two sisters Dora Bonnetti and her husband Furrie of Grove City and Kathryn Trevelline of Elwood City.
He was preceded in death by two sisters Mary Dorcy and infant Emma Leone.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jamison Funeral Home, Harrisville. There will be no public visitation.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Epiphany Roman Catholic Church in Boyers with Rev. James Bedillion, pastor as celebrant.
Memorial donations if desired may be sent to Slippery Rock V.F.W., 412 W. Cooper St., Slippery Rock, PA 16057.
Online condolences, flowers and sympathy cards may be sent to the family by visiting www.JamisonFuneralHome.com