(4/20/31 to 11/23/12)

Peter Alton Leivonen Jr. of Haile Community (Alachua County, Florida) died early Friday, November 23, 2012, after a long battle with renal disease, diabetes, and heart disease. He was 81 years old.

Alton was born in the Finnish Haile Community, between Newberry and Alachua, on April 20, 1931, attended Haile Elementary School and graduated from Newberry High School, where he was the senior class Valedictorian. He earned a Bachelor's degree in education from the University of Florida, and was a Gator Booster for over 50 years. After graduation, he was an English teacher at Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Alton served in the United States Army as an agent for the Central Intelligence Corps in Savannah and Fort Benning, Georgia. After that, he worked for the State Department in Nuremburg, Germany. After discharge, he was employed by Union Central Life Insurance in Jacksonville, then by Pan-American Life in New Orleans, and later as an owner of an insurance firm in Jacksonville.

Alton was a tremendously loyal Gators fan and Gator Booster, and was a Gators football season ticket holder for over 50 years. In 2011, he was honored at a Gators football game as a distinguished 50-year booster. He also enjoyed reading, cooking, and being the family historian/story teller.

Alton was predeceased by his parents, Fannie Williams Leivonen and Peter Alton Leivonen Sr. (Haile Community). He is also predeceased by his brother Eugene Everett Leivonen (Haile Community). He is survived by his sisters, Mary Leivonen Jackson (Tom) and Anne Leivonen Hair (Herbert), all of the Haile Community. He is also survived by 16 nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews, many of whom are also Gators.

A special thanks goes out to Alton's extended family of Dr. JogiRaju Tantravahi and the nurses and staff at the UF&Shands outpatient dialysis center for their years of compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to the Newberry United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 475, Newberry, FL 32669 (www.newberryumc.org), or UF&Shands Division of Nephrology (352-273-8821).

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Williams-Thomas West Funeral Home at 823 N.W. 143rd Street, CR 241 North, Gainesville/Newberry. Officiating will be Pastor Robert B. Roseberry of the Newberry United Methodist Church. The family requests that guests wear orange and blue, or their favorite team's colors.



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Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012