Leslie D. Babb

October 7, 1942 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Leslie D. Babb Obituary

Leslie Donald Babb, 81, of Middlefield, OH, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, February 5th, 2024 at his home while surrounded by his family. He was born in Middlefield on October 7th, 1942 to the late Leslie and Elinor (Gorton) Babb. Les later married his best friend and the love of his life, Jean L. Swonger on August 26th, 1962.

After graduating from Cardinal High School in 1960, Les worked for Home Telephone, White Brothers Store, Ronyak Paving, ServiSoft, and as a Die Maker at J.R. for over 16 years. He also worked at the Millbar Co. for 11 years before retiring due to health issues. Les was also a Volunteer Fireman at the Middlefield Fire Department for over 15 years from the 1960s to the early 1980s.

Les enjoyed bowling, especially at the bowling alley in Middlefield which his parents managed up until his father’s death in 1973. He bowled in many leagues and tournaments there as well as at Ernst Lanes in Chardon and Sky Lanes in Garrettsville.

He liked playing golf, which he started in high school and played through the 1980s. Les built many large bird feeders to give to several family members.   

Les will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 61 ½ years, Jean; daughter, Angela (Mark) Miller; grandchildren, Allison (Jon Mark) VanderWier, Jared (Holly) Miller, Rachel (Kenny) Rogers, Gregory (Mya Rodriguez) Miller, Leah (Kevin) Woodworth, Emily Talmo. Kyle (Maddi) Root, Bryan Root; great-grandchildren, Arie and Trey VanderWier, Jude, Gwen, and Teddy Miller, K.J., Rhys, and Remi Rogers, Noah Beth Woodworth and her new sister coming in April; his beloved dog, Baxter; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Pamela Root; and his sisters and their spouses, Suzanne and Don Leeworthy, and Sallyann and Earl Spencer.  

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE HELD AT 6 P.M., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2024 AT BEST FUNERAL HOME, 15809 MADISON RD., MIDDLEFIELD, OH 44062 with Pastor Chad Hutson of Cornerstone Bible Church officiating. Family and friends will be received on Friday from 4 P.M. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Les’ name are requested to be made to either the Hospice of the Western Reserve,, the American Heart Association,, or the American Cancer Society, Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, Middlefield, OH. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at

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February 9, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Best FH - Middlefield
15809 Madison Rd
Middlefield, OH 44062

Celebration of Life
February 9, 2024

6:00 PM
Best FH - Middlefield
15809 Madison Rd
Middlefield, OH 44062


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