Brian J Leavy(1927 - 2013)

Brian J. Leavy of Galion, died Friday, December 20, 2013 following a life filled with laughter and love. Brian passed peacefully in the comfort of his home with his family by his side.

Brian was born on September 30, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan into a wonderful Irish family. His parents, John and Virginia Leavy gave him five sisters and one brother, Peg, Pat, Sue, Sharon, Kitty and Jack.

Growing up in Detroit, Brian attended GESU Church School, Detroit Catholic High School, University of Detroit and McComb College. A veteran of the United States Army, Brian served as an instructor in the armored school at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He had a successful career in the automotive industry, retiring from United Technologies in Detroit as a well-traveled automotive parts sales manager.

Brian married Beverly (Logan) Swalley on December 8, 1978. Brian was a happy guy and loved to laugh and surround himself with friends and family. He played golf, racquetball, enjoyed walking and loved to dance and travel. Many of his travels with Beverly included Central America, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Fiji and cruising exotic islands. He loved the adventures of travelling and meeting new people from Alaska to South America.

Brian's family was very dear to him. In addition to his wife of 35 years he is survived by six children, Bridget (Dave) Mohr of Detroit, Mich.; David (Jenny) Swalley of Martel, Cinda (Swalley) Redmond of The Woodlands, Texas, Tim Swalley of Galion, Mitzelle (Bud) Wheeler of Breckenridge, Colo. and Greg Swalley of Galion; grandchildren, Derek Mohr, Alissa Mohr, Connor Mohr, Mica Swalley, Irl Swalley, Frank Wheeler, Alina Wheeler and Danny Mullens; his siblings Sue, Sharon, Kitty and Jack and many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Brain Leavy Jr., sister Peg Merschel, sister Pat McCullough, sister-in-law Joyce Gehrisch and granddaughter Marie Swalley.

Brian was a special man loved by all and will be sadly and forever missed by his family and friends. May he rest in eternal peace.

A celebration of Brian's life will be held at a later date.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve Mr. Leavy's family, and private condolences to them may be made online at:
Published in The Galion Inquirer on Dec. 24, 2013