Alfred J. Leighty, 85, of Lorain, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2013 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 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, 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 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 Leighty (nee Glass); daughters, Candace (Larry) McDoniel of Vermilion, 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 and four great great grandchildren numerous nieces and nephews.
Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. and Helen M. (nee 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, 2014 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 East 31st Street, South Lorain, (440) 277-8164.