LORAIN - Alfred J. Leighty, 85, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014, in E. M. H. Regional Medical Center from complications of Parkinson's Disease.
Born December 13, 1928, in Cleveland, Alfred lived in Lorain most of his life. He retired from General Motors in Elyria after 36 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
Alfred was an active member of Pittsfield Community Church, where he served on the board and as choir member, Sunday School teacher and many other positions. He enjoyed reading, traveling, working with his hands, bowling, white water rafting and watching westerns on TV. Alfred was a volunteer of Lorain County Metro Parks and was chosen a Volunteer of the Year. He once chased and caught a runaway horse. He was also a member of the United Auto Workers and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He will be dearly missed by his wife of 63 and a half years, Mary Ellen (née Glass) Leighty; daughters, Candace (Larry) McDoniel of Vermilion, and Randi Leighty and Sandra Brown, both of Lorain; sons, Eugene Leighty of Elyria and Russell (Susan) Leighty of Prospect, Kentucky; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. and Helen M. (née Reed) Leighty; son, James D. Leighty; and grandchildren, David E. Leighty, Braeden Dennis and Aiden Dennis.
A memorial service for Alfred will be Sunday, January 26, at 1 p.m. in Pittsfield Community Church, 17026 State Route 58 (corner of 303), Wellington. Pastor Ken Gerhardt will officiate.
Funeral arrangements are by Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home, 1783 E. 31st St., South Lorain, (440) 277-8164. For further information and to sign the online register book, see Reidyfuneral.com.
Richard J. Reidy Funeral Home - Lorain
1783 East 31st Street Lorain, OH 44055
Published in www.morningjournal.com from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2014