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Donald Edward Leach

July 24, 1945 February 13, 2021
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Obituary for Donald Edward Leach

Donald Edward Leach of Westland was born July 24, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to Edward W. and Agnes (nee: Rhode) Leach. He died February 13, 2021 at the age of 75.

Mr. Leach is the beloved husband of 54 years to Janet Marie Leach (nee: Harrison). Loving father of Jeffrey Leach, Lori (Paul) Esdale and the late Joseph Leach. Loving Papa of Amanda, Marissa and Ava. Dear brother of Betty (Michael) Miller. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends including his "fur babies" (their cats) Mia and Jax, and his "fur grandbabies" - His grand dog Coney, and his grand cats Milo and Snickers.

Don was full of life, a people person and had a good sense of humor. He liked to say that he and Janet “were happily married for 22 years – not bad out of 54”. ☺. Upon marrying Janet, It was a bit of a shock for him to become part of such a big family as the Harrison’s (Janet being the youngest of 13 kids). But he enjoyed having 8 brothers – and built many memories of happy times together laughing and joking around with all of them.

He took great pride in his military service.  He was in the Army and served in Germany during the Vietnam War.  He then started his career as a truck driver, and always enjoyed meeting new people on his route. He always worked hard to provide for his family. He was a social guy, and always had a joke ready to tell!  His family could often recite them from hearing them so many times!  But he would always make people laugh.  It was not uncommon for him to be compared to one of his favorite comedians – Rodney Dangerfield.  He did a great imitation of him, and sounded just like him.

Up until his retirement in 2010 due to some health issues, on any given weekend Don could always be found on the golf course.  He really loved golfing, and although was never close to reaching pro status, it was something he always enjoyed.  In his younger days, bowling was another favorite sport that he excelled at, as well as dancing, especially to some good oldies music.
 
He was an avid TV watcher.  Always enjoyed The Three Stooges, Old Western’s (Gunsmoke, etc), and Hallmark movies.  His other love (besides Janet) was food!  There wasn’t much that he wouldn’t eat (except for seafood).  His favorite restaurant was Lelli’s – it was a place that was special first to his family, and then became a special place for him and Janet over the years.  His other favorite was Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit – it was even where he took Janet for their first date. Through the years, it became a tradition to eat at BOTH Lafayette and American Coney Island as a “taste test”…and Lafayette always won!   He definitely passed on his love of Coney Island’s to his son Jeffrey– who even carried on the tradition in naming his dog Coney! He was also a “professional” sneezer ☺ People could hear him from a mile away (literally) ☺

He wasn’t much of an artist, but he did have a “famous” drawing all his own - Joe Cool! (There will be a photo to include in the picture slide show). It was often his “calling card” when leaving our house, and one of his signature Dad/Papa moves.

For the past 21 years, he was able to share some of the loves of his life with the new loves of his life – Lori’s girls - his three granddaughters!   He always enjoyed spending time with them, and took pride in watching them grow and develop into their own people. They enjoyed his corny jokes, tidbits of advice, and all of the adventures he (and Grammy) took them on.  While he may not get to physically see the moments in the rest of their lives, they know they will always have him to watch over them.. 

Funeral mass from St. Mary Cause Of Our Joy Catholic Church 8200 North Wayne Road in Westland Friday 11 AM (In State 10:30 AM). Friends may visit Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 340 N. Pontiac Trail Walled Lake (3 Blks. S. of Maple Rd.) Thursday 3-7 PM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions on occupancy, you may have to wait for entrance into the funeral home. Memorials to The Little Sisters of the Poor 8745 James A. Reed Road Kansas City, MO 64138 or 476 Riddle Road Cincinnati, OH 45220 appreciated

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Visitation

Thursday

18

Feb

3:00 PM 2/18/2021 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/18/2021 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake

340 North Pontiac Trail
Walled Lake, MI 48390

Lynch & Sons Funeral Home - Walled Lake
340 North Pontiac Trail Walled Lake 48390 MI
United States

Visitation

Friday

19

Feb

10:30 AM 2/19/2021 10:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/19/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church

8200 N Wayne Rd,
Westland, Michigan 48185

St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church
8200 N Wayne Rd, Westland 48185 Michigan
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

19

Feb

11:00 AM 2/19/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church

8200 N Wayne Rd,
Westland, Michigan 48185

St. Mary, Cause of Our Joy Catholic Church
8200 N Wayne Rd, Westland 48185 Michigan
United States
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