Leon "Lee" Bidwell, 92

"Lee" Leon Merle Bidwell, 92, of Estero, Fla., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. Formerly of Roann, he had been a resident of the Bonita Springs area since 1977. He was born April 7, 1925, in Roann, the son of Joseph William and Mary Marie (Crist) Bidwell.

Mr. Bidwell was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving honorably during World War II. He graduated high school in Akron, IN and earned a business degree from Indiana University. He was a farm implement dealer in Roann (Watson & Bidwell) from 1949 until 1976. Lee enjoyed his family, Indiana lakes, boating, motorhoming and golf. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Betty E. (Ensley) Bidwell; his beloved daughters, Sherri (James) Ford of Georgetown, Fla., Tara (Tim) Hornbacker of New Paris, Ohio, Linda (Jeffrey) Sampson of Wabash, and Janet (Mason) Boyd of Urbandale, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eugene Bidwell; and a sister, Julia Ann Day.

Services will be held in Indiana at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Joanne's House of Hope Hospice,

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Posted on 2017 Sep 26