Nestor Leiter, 86, formerly of Jamaica Estates, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2007, in Briarfield of Milan, after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 31, 1920, in New York City, N.Y., to Thomas and Mary (Fedina) Leiter, now deceased. Nestor served with the U.S. Army, 507th Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, attaining the rank of sergeant, during World War II. June 6, 1944, his unit parachuted into Normandy and he was hit by four bullets and was in a coma for a month. For the next three years he underwent 25 operations and lost the use of his right leg and arm, and had great difficulty speaking, reading and writing. He eventually received an award from the army for "courage and perseverance displayed by a veteran of World War II inovercoming the handicap of severe motor disability." By 1952 he sufficiently recovered to pursue a course in accounting. He was employed as an accountant by the Defense Supply Agency for more than 25 years, retiring in 1980.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Commanders Club in New York, a member at large of the VFW in New York, and a member of the NRA. Nestor avidly enjoyed hiking.
He is survived by a sister, Olga Wagner of Castalia; nephew, John A. (Sandy J.) Wagner of Bellevue; and other nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara (McDougal) Leiter; and three brothers, Peter, John and Alex Leiter.
There will be no visitation and services will be private. Foos & Son Funeral Home in Bellevue is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may go to the donor's favorite charity.