SALISBURY — Leonard Lee Dineen, 62, of 529 Dutchtown Rd., Dolgeville, town of Salisbury, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at his residence, of natural causes.
Leonard was born in Little Falls on May 2, 1951, the son of the late Leonard W. "Curly" and Martha (Doxstader) Dineen, and attended Dolgeville schools. He was affectionately known to family and friends as Lenny and Lucky Lenny.
A Vietnam veteran, he entered the United States Army on Oct. 22, 1969, and served honorably, being discharged on May 3, 1972, with the rank of SP4. While in Vietnam, he was a heavy equipment and crane operator. He earned the following medals for his service: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 device, Vietnam Services Medal with two Bronze Stars and two Overseas bars. He was an expert with the M-14 and M-16 Rifle.
Leonard went to Wyoming, where he worked on the oil rigs. Returning to this area, he worked on construction for Laborers Union Local 35 out of Utica.
Leonard was a former member of the Dolgeville Rod and Gun Club, the Salisbury Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying many years of hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends and had a special fondness for his dogs throughout the years.
Leonard is survived by his brothers, Brian Dineen and his companion, Pat Raymo, of Stratford, and Jeffry and Wendy Dineen, of Otego; his sisters, Marlene Petkovsek, of Dolgeville, and Elaine Dineen and her fiance, Thomas Sadler, of Dolgeville; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, along with aunts, an uncle and many cousins. He was married to the former Gina Broat. Leonard was predeceased by his sister, Pamela Gross, on July 31, 1993, and his nephews, Patrick and Nate.
A celebration of Leonard's life will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 , which happens to be Pearl Harbor Day, a special day for all veterans, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Roberts & Enea Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. Burial will be in Rural Park Cemetery in the spring.
The family will gather at the Salisbury Fire House at the conclusion of the services and everyone is invited.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society.
A remembrance of Leonard or a message of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.robertsandenea.com.