Henry Lester LeMien Jr., 76, of Bridgewater, died April 29 at his home.

Mr. LeMien was widowed from his wife, Betty Jean in 2001, after 48 years of marriage.

He was born Dec. 26, 1934, in Norwalk, son of the late Henry L. LeMien Sr., and the late Helen E. Allison.

Mr. LeMien served in the Korean War as a Medical Corpsman 1st Class aboard the USS Ticonderoga.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy, he enrolled at the University of Alabama and moved to Tuscaloosa. Ala. with his wife and newborn daughter.

Upon graduation, he began a career with Wyeth Laboratories that led him to jobs in Alabama, Illinois, Quebec, Canada, New York and. finally. Pennsylvania.

Mr. LeMien retired on Dec. 31, 1999, after 40 years with Wyeth and he and Betty moved to Bridgewater to live near their children.

His life was marked by service, to his country, his community and the church. Over the years he volunteered in many capacities.

Mr. LeMien was a reserve deputy sheriff in Alabama.

He continued serving his country in the Civil Air Patrol and graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell AFB.

He ultimately held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserves.

Mr. LeMien was a volunteer firefighter and EMT, serving in various officer roles for local fire departments over 45 years.

He taught, as a senior instructor for the Connecticut state fire school and as an EMT instructor.

Mr. LeMien served as the disaster chairman and first aid chairman for the American Red Cross in numerous chapters in Alabama and Chicago, Il.

He has served on numerous committees over the years in the Methodist Church. The last endeavor of his life and one of his greatest joys was serving the community as the supervisor of "Our Daily Bread" Food Pantry at the New Milford United Methodist Church.

Every Thursday night for the past five years, he and his team distributed food to more than 50 families in the community.

He loved the outdoors and the Adirondack wilderness, taking frequent canoe and camping trips with his family and friends over a span of 42 years.

Mr. LeMien was easy to talk to and developed a wide and eclectic circle of friends in the local community and around the world. His notes, cards and emails were often welcome words of encouragement to his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Henry L. LeMien III, and his wife, Debbie, and their two children, Sarah, and Zachary, of Sandy Hook; a daughter, Debbie Legg, and her husband, James, of Danbury, and their sons, James, and his wife, Ellen, of Lowell, Vt., and Kevin, and his significant other, Jenifer Reeve, of Bethel; and a great-granddaughter, Erin Legg, of Bethel.

He is also survived by a brother, George LeMien, and his wife, Chris, of Brookfield.

A memorial service will be held May 14 at 1 p.m. at the New Milford United Methodist Church, 68 Danbury Road in New Milford.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Milford United Methodist Church, designated for "Our Daily Bread Food Pantry," 68 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776 or the Adirondack Mountain Club (www.adk.org).