Msgt. Leonard Paul Myhaver, USAF Retired, 85, of Peterborough, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Born in Peterborough, November 27, 1931 to Harold and Maude Myhaver and a brood of eleven siblings, Leonard "Lenny" Myhaver naturally believed that family was the most important aspect of his life. Leonard lived in Peterborough his entire life. He graduated from Peterborough High School in June of 1950, then enlisted into the United States Air Force later that year. Once in the Air Force, he served as a weapons mechanic, transferring to many locations including: Loring AFB Maine; Kirtland AFB New Mexico; Bitburg AFB Germany; George AFB California; Westover AFB Massachusetts; and Japan, as well as serving during the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict.
During his station in Maine, he met the love of his life, Bessie Myhaver. Lenny would hitchhike from Loring AFB in Maine to Hancock, New Hampshire on weekend leave to spend time with her; bringing with him stories of his adventures along the way. The young couple wed at the Hancock Church on July 18, 1953, witnessed by a small gathering of close family and friends. After two years of newlywed bliss, they welcomed their firstborn daughter, Bonnie, into their family while stationed in Maine; followed by son, Glenn, two years later while stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The young family often traveled between assignments in their Chevy Impala, their mobile home in tow.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, Lenny took employment as a clerk in the Peterborough Post Office where he worked until 1985, at which time he was promoted to Postmaster of the Harrisville Post Office. He was also a member of the American Legion Post Peterborough. Retirement came with mixed emotions in May 1998, but Lenny managed to transition into the life of relaxation and grand-parenting. Much time was spent with the grandchildren fishing; camping; ice skating; and taking trips to Florida.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bessie Myhaver; daughter Bonnie Myhaver and her companion, Bob Merchant, of Gilsum; son Glenn Myhaver and his Fiancé Deborah Robicheau of Peterborough; Sister Eleanor Myhaver Lapinski of Dublin; brother, Bruce Myhaver, of Glendale, Arizona; granddaughter, Amanda Myhaver O'Rourke and her husband Ken of Barre, Vermont; granddaughter Danielle Clough and her husband Donnie of Bennington; and granddaughter Stephanie Eaton and her husband, Shawn, of Seabrook; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great grandchildren. He is predeceased by siblings Phyllis Myhaver Anderson, Gordon Myhaver, Arnold Myhaver, Faith Myhaver Frost, Bernice Myhaver Tenney, Elwin "Mac" Myhaver, Robert Myhaver, Roland Myhaver, and Bertha Myhaver Bernier.
A Celebration of Life will take place later in the spring.