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John R. Leavey, age 73, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017 at the Munson Medical Center.
John was born in Brownwood, Texas, on Feb. 14, 1944 to Robert and Bobbette (Meyers) Leavey. While John was still a child, he and his family moved to Ann Arbor.
John was drafted in the United States Army in 1966 and in January of 1969 he was honorably discharged.
John and his family resided in Minnesota prior to moving to Traverse City in 1984.
John received his associate's degree and worked various jobs including maintenance; he was a commercial artist in landscaping and was also a real estate agent.
John married Paula J. (Jankowiak) Leavey on April 22, 2006 in Traverse City.
John was a Eucharistic minister, helped with funeral luncheons and was a Salvation Army bell ringer. John was an avid hunter, fisherman, birdwatcher and loved working in the garden.
John is survived by his wife, Paula J. Leavey, of Interlochen; sons, Scot Leavey, of St. Augustine, Florida, and William Leavey, of Traverse City; and stepchildren, John Adams, of Charleston, South Carolina, Amy (Paul) Ellowian, of Waukegan, Illinois, and Becky Kutten, of Gaylord. John is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his parents and stepson, Joseph Adams.
A visitation for John will take place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, beginning at 4 p.m. until the time of the scripture service at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Fr. Greg McCallum will officiate. Interment will take place at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic Church Food Pantry, 630 West Silver Lake Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share a memory with John's family by visiting his tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on November 29, 2017
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