Alfred J. Leighty, 85, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 in University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was born December 13, 1928 in Cleveland. Alfred lived in Lorain.
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, was a choir member, Sunday School Teacher and many other positions. He enjoyed, reading, traveling, working with his hands, bowling, white water rafting, and westerns on TV. Alfred was a volunteer of Lorain County Metro Parks and was chosen 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 1/2 years, Mary Ellen Leighty (nee Glass); his daughters, Candice (Larry) McDoniel of Vermilion, Randy Leighty and Sandra Brown, both of Lorain; his sons, Eugene Leighty of Elyria and Russell (Susan) Leighty of Prospect, Kentucky; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. and Helen (nee Reed) Leighty; a son, James D. Leighty; and grandchildren, David E. Leighty, Braden Dennis and Aiden Dennis.
A Memorial Service for Alfred, will be Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1 P.M. in Pittsfield Community Church, 17026 St. Rt. 58 (corner of 303), Wellington, OH 44090. Pastor Ken Gerhardt will officiate.
His family suggests memorial contributions to Pittsfield Community Church or the Lorain County Metro Parks.