Leonard Roland Kiesman, 83, of Fryeburg, Maine, died peacefully Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013 at the Memorial Hospital in North Conway surrounded by his loving family.
Len was a life-long resident of Fryeburg and loved his "hometown." He graduated from Fryeburg Academy in the class of 1948 and married his high school sweetheart, Doris Devine. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage before her death in 1999.
Len work hard and constant to support and care for his family. His earliest career was as a logger working for Cleveland Robbins of West Fryeburg and later worked several years at Birch Craft in Conway. In 1961 he worked for Diamond National in Fryeburg as foreman of the mill. In 1968 he started his own carpentry business passing his skills onto his sons over the years.
From the late 1970s through the 1980s, he was a valued employee of Indian Acres and Forest Acres in Fryeburg as their maintenance director. From 1989 to 1999, he delivered rural route mail for the Fryeburg Postal Service and finally retired at the age of 70.
Through the years he enjoyed gardening and raising his farm animals and was also an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and finally bagging his moose in 2002. He also enjoyed country music. Some of his many talents included writing poetry, drawing and especially wood carving. Many people remember enjoying his rhythmic entertaining poems that became a town meeting tradition started by the late Carlton Mills. They are still available in the archives for reading at the Fryeburg Library. Some of his carving work can still be seen at the entrance of Indian Acres where his fourth set of hand carved totem poles as a welcome for the camp.
Len was predeceased by his wife Doris "Devine" Kiesman; his daughter Joyce Marie; brothers Lawrence, Fredrick; sister, Dorothy; and his parents Lester and Eldora "Richardson" Kiesman.
He is survived by his brother, Gerald "Gay" Kiesman, of Fryeburg, Maine; his sons, Daniel, of Sebago, Maine; Roger and his wife, Wanda, of Stow, Maine; Karl, of Fryeburg, Maine; Richard and his wife, Sue, of Fryeburg; and daughter, Donna Woodward, of Fryeburg; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins; his dear friend Elery Lawrence; sister-in-laws, Sadie Brown; Mary Currie and husband, James, of Fryeburg; Ida Shepard, of Massachusetts; Sylvia Chandler, of Virginia; Ginny Picarazzi, of Connecticut; and brother-in-laws, Mario Picarazzi and Guido Picarazzi, of Connecticut.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 8, at Wood Funeral Home at 9 Warren Street in Fryeburg. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at Fryeburg New Church on Oxford Street in Fryeburg. A spring burial will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery in Fryeburg.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fryeburg Rescue, P.O. Box 177, Fryeburg, Maine in memory of Leonard Kiesman who was very grateful for their professional care and services. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home. On line condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org.