Obituary: James Oliver Leet, 94

James Oliver Leet died on March 30, 2017. He was 94.

Born on July 29, 1922 in Ramsey County, N.D., to Louis and Carrie Johnson Leet, he and his older sister, Margaret, grew up on the Leet family farm. He met his future wife, Jean Stroup, at North Dakota State University.

Following college his spirit of adventure drew him to the growing aviation industry and he joined Pan American World Airways. During his early years with Pan Am, he lived in Brazil, New York, Newfoundland and Shannon, Ireland. Following their marriage in 1947, Jim and Jean were transferred to London, England, where they lived for 11 years.  In 1958 the family moved back to the U.S. and settled in Darien, Conn. Later moves brought them to Weston, Mass.,, Rye, N.Y., Norwalk, and Wilton.

Leet spent most of his career with Pan Am but also spent several years with Aer Lingus and Northeast Airlines. Following his retirement from Pan Am, Leet took his talents to the International Executive Service Organization (IESC) where he worked for more than 10 years. His was a life well-lived. He loved to travel, play golf and spend time with friends and family.

“He will be remembered for his smile and the twinkle in his eye,” his family said.

Leet was predeceased by his wife, Jean in 2016, and his sister Margaret. He is survived by his  children Janis Leet (John Fitch) of New Fairfield, Conn., Jay Leet (Sally) of Tigard, Ore., and Jonathan Leet (Tracy) of Scituate, Mass., six grandchildren and their spouses, and six great-grandchildren.  

Leet held leadership positions in Rotary International and in the Kiwanis Club of Wilton.  

Funeral arrangements are pending.  Please visit for updated service information.