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Leon M. King

Leon M. King, 69, of Newtown, beloved husband of Emilia (Centeno) King, died at Danbury Hospital, May 20. He was born in Danbury, and was the son of Sadie (Zenobia) King Bilka of Danbury and the late Leo A. King.

He was a graduate of St Peter School and attended Danbury High School. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and Korea, and had worked as a truck driver for the Hubbell and Rider companies for more than 42 years. He was a member of the VFW Post 60 and its color guard.

In addition to his wife and mother, three children, Kimberly King-Gaita, and husband Leonard, Sr, and Michael J. King, all of Danbury, and Albert Centeno, Sr, and wife Mickey, of Deltona, Fla.; two brothers, Ronald King of Brookfield and John S. Bilka, and partner John Kristovich, of New York City; and five grandchildren, Albert Centeno, Jr, Carrie Centeno, Veronica Centeno, Jessica Gaita, and Leonard Gaita, Jr, survive Mr King. He was predeceased by his sister, Joan Bilka; and stepfather John J. Bilka, with whom he was raised and worked with in the family business, John J. Bilka and Son Well Drilling.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Peter Church, 104 Main Street, Danbury, Friday, May 24, at 10:30 am. Burial will follow in St Peter Cemetery. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main Street, Danbury, Thursday, May 23, from 5 to 8 pm.

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