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John Murphy "Jack" Leykam

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Leykam, John Murphy Jack Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, peacefully on Sunday, September 12, 2010. Husband of the late Joan Steinlage Leykam; Dearest beloved father of Monsignor John Leykam, Joseph (Virginia) Leykam, Frederic (Nancy) Leykam, and Joann Leykam; Cherished Grandfather of Jessica Anne (Michael) Barbieri and Joseph (Heather Kenyon) Leykam; Proud and loving Great-Grandfather to Ashley Elizabeth Barbieri, born on his and Mom's 53rd Wedding Anniversary; Our Beloved Uncle and Cousin and friend to all he encountered; Beloved master to Molly, Annie and Katie, his setters who were always at his side. Son of Anne Murphy Leykam and John Joseph Leykam. Dad grew up in the arms of loving parents and an extended family of aunts and uncles. Through his Aunt Margaret Murphy who worked for the Browns, and then later Mary Murphy who worked for the Cardinals he spent many of his childhood years at Sportsman Park and had the joy of that lifelong experience of having known personally many of the baseball greats of the 1930s from teams all over the nation. He understood and loved the game and cheered his Cardinals to the end. Mom and Dad met at a fraternity dance and he proposed three weeks later. Mom was the love and light of his life and he treasured her every day of his life. Dad graduated from St. Louis University High School and St. Louis University School of Commerce. Upset at being declared 4F after trying to enlist in every branch of service, Dad worked during World War II to make sheet aluminum to make the planes for the United States. An accountant by training, he then spent over forty years in real estate. Dad was coach to countless little league baseball and basketball teams at Our Lady of Lourdes and taught every child in the family through his great granddaughter how to hit the ball. Dad was a great bowler who made and appreciated many friends on his bowling teams. He was a Serran for nearly twenty years and enjoyed the chance to not only support the Seminary but loved the idea that he was part of a group helping children to think about their future in their Catholic faith. His legacy to his family is forever his gentle and loving spirit, his kindness to all and joy in life. Special thanks to a very dear friend who helped to make these last months a joy, Joey Fox and to Janet for the years of joy at Sanibel. Thanks also to Dr. Stickley, to Wendy and Heather at St. John's Rehab, his PT and OT this summer, Julie and Kelly and to his nurses and Dr. Wood at St. John's Mercy Heart Hospital for their tender care of him during his illness this past week. Services: The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, September 18, 2010, 10:30 a.m. at St. Anselm Parish (The St. Louis Priory Church), 530 S. Mason Road, Creve Coeur. Interment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. Vincent DePaul Society at the Church of the Annunziata, 9305 Clayton Rd (63124). VISITATION Friday, September 17, 2010 from 3 - 7 p.m. at COLLIER'S Funeral Home, 3400 North Lindbergh Boulevard.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Sept. 15, 2010
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