1927 – 2016

SOUTH PARIS — Leland G. Merchant, 88, formerly of Route 108 in Rumford, passed away Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris.

He was born at home in Weld on Dec. 6, 1927, a son of Leon F. and Amber (Conant) Merchant. He attended schools in Weld. In July 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and then served in Korea during World War II. He achieved the rank of seaman first class and received the World War II Victory Medal.

Leland married June Hodge on June 14, 1947, and together they celebrated 64 years of marriage; she passed away on March 11, 2011.

Leland was a member of the Dixfield Congregational Church and taught Sunday school for 17 years.

He enjoyed snowmobiling, snowshoeing, country music, gardening, spending time outside, playing golf and traveling. Leland and his wife traveled to Hawaii and Indianapolis with the American Legion and they attended many events throughout the state.

He was a member of the Odd Fellows, a former commander of Forty/Eight, a former commander of the American Legion in Rumford, and was a member of the VFW.

Surviving are his children, Cheryl Myles and husband, Arty, of Wilton and Dennis Merchant and wife, Linda, of Auburn; four grandchildren, Christopher McIntire and wife, Michelle, of Wilton, Carrie Elliott and husband, Douglas, of West Chester, Pa., Jason McIntire and wife, Bridget, of West Baldwin, and Jonathan Merchant of Waldoboro; and three great-grandchildren, Landon McIntire, Jamie Elliott and Whitney McIntire.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, June Merchant; a twin sister, Lillian; and three brothers, Wallace Merchant, Dexter Merchant and Atlee Conant.

The family would like to say a special thank-you to the wonderful staff at the Maine Veterans’ Home for the wonderful care given to Leland.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Merchant family by visiting their guest book at www.sgthibaultfuneralhome.com.

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