Leslie “Les” C. Keeton, 81, of West Swanzey, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 20, 2023, in his adopted hometown of Swanzey.
He was born a son to the late Barbara (Greenleaf) and Kenneth J, Keeton Sr. on August 20, 1941, in Bridgeport, CT. Les was educated and graduated from Bullard Havens High School in Bridgeport, CT. class of 1959.
After high school, Leslie proudly served in United States Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a Machinist Mate onboard the USS John W. Weeks, DD-701. He was the recipient of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He was honorably discharged at the rank of Petty Officer 2nd class E-5 on May 16, 1963.
Upon his honorable discharge, he became certified as an HVAC Technician. Les was employed by Wagner Air Conditioning and Refrigeration prior to becoming its owner/operator. He was also a Bridgeport Police Officer, promoted to Identification Detective, and retired as a Sergeant. Upon his retirement, he took on a second career at Granite Bank as a mailroom clerk before moving on to be their Manager of Facilities. Upon his second retirement, he was employed at Dick’s Sporting Goods in their Golf Department.
He was an avid golfer and reader, always ate breakfast at Jeanne’s Diner and never went a day without watching NCIS.
He is survived by his two children Mary Baier and her husband Chris of Simsbury, CT. and John and his wife Erika of Stow, MA. his two sisters, Constance Smith and her partner Rich of Stuart, FL. and Barbara Tomek and her husband Joseph of Stuart, FL. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Carly and Curtis Keeton, his many cousins, and his beloved nieces and nephews throughout New England, as well as his second family at Jeanne’s Diner in Swanzey. He was predeceased by his wife of almost 55 years, Mary Rose (Marshall), his parents, Kenneth and Barbara Keeton, of Bridgeport, CT. and his older brother Kenneth J. Keeton, Jr. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 03431. A graveside service with Military Honors will directly follow in the family lot in Mountain View Cemetery, 875 Old Homestead Hwy Swanzey, NH. 03446. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lone Sailor US Navy Memorial, The Lone Sailor — United States Navy Memorial. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com.