OBITUARY

Leslie William Kevehazi

17 May, 195910 January, 2020

Leslie William Kevehazi, 60, passed away January 10th, 2020 at his home in Acworth. He was born May 17, 1959 in Toledo, Ohio to Leslie and Florentine Kevehazi. He grew up in Toledo where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Teresa in 1981. He graduated from the University of Toledo while working full time for A&P. He worked at Scholastic Book Fairs for seventeen years and loved to share his passion for literacy and learning with those around him.

He was devoted to his family and had a special bond with each of his 3 grandchildren. Always active in the Catholic Church, he was previously the Treasurer for the Knights of Columbus. Les and Terri were avid cyclists, completing long bike rides at any opportunity. They spent their 2019 vacation riding across the state of Iowa.

Les is survived by his wife Terri (Welsh), and his two daughters and their families, Rachel and Robert Schultz, Maria and James Lannom, and grandchildren Caroline, Kaia, and Nolan.

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the Chapel of Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers please consider donating in his honor to St. Jude's Research Hospital.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, 16 January , 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, 17 January , 2020

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Leslie William Kevehazi

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Barbara Masley

13 February 2020

Les had a gift of making sure everyone he met and worked with felt good about what they were doing. He was passionate about schools and kids reading. He loved conversing with teachers about literacy, especially loved talking about the books that he thought were so special for kids to read.
He loved to talk about his wonderful wife and his family. I loved his stories about biking; I was so sorry to hear about his death. He is gone much too soon and will be greatly missed.

Michelle Zmijewski

12 February 2020

Terri,

I am so very sorry and shocked to hear of Les Passing. There are no words that can alleviate the sadness and pain you all must be feeling... I am keeping you all in my prayers and asking that God give you all the strength to get through this very difficult time.

Sincerely,

Michelle Zmijewski

Jessica Yeatts

3 February 2020

Thinking of Les today. He was such a wonderful man and co-worker. Always happy and smiling. He is missed by many. Sending his family love and good thoughts.

Michael McVicker

22 January 2020

Les,
You were truly a gentle spirit, always with a kind word and proud to be Knight of St. Francis de Sales. The Class of '77 was a special group of young men, and we were blessed to call you our friend and brother.

Gloria Navarro

19 January 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Les’ sudden passing. During my time working with Scholastic I knew him as a kind and genuine man with a passion for reading and promoting reading for young people. He generously shared his expertise and time with teachers who were students in my graduate classes showing how to make literature come alive and inspire children. It has been my pleasure to know Les.

Chuck Sherwood

17 January 2020

So sorry to hear that we lost Les. I was truly proud to consider Him as one of my friends. What a gift he had in sharing his love for books amongst thousands of kids. He was always a delight to spend time with and he left you as a better person with his enthusiasm.
You will be missed my friend.

John & Kay Oeltjen

16 January 2020

Terri,

We were so sorry and saddened to hear about Les. We have such wonderful memories from the basketball years and all the great times we had together. We want you and the girls to know that we are thinking of you all and keeping you all in our prayers. God bless!

John and Kay Oeltjen

Robin Hoffman

16 January 2020

I worked with Les for at least 15 years . Our first time working a convention together was in Des Moines, IA. That's when I learned how avid a reader he was. From that time forward he joined the book selection committee and helped make decisions on the many books we carried in Scholastic Book Fairs. He actually sent in his last review last week. He remained passionate about reading, how books connect us and how vital it was for kids to have books they loved in their hands at school and home. His Scholastic Book Fairs family is deeply saddened by his unexpected passing. He will be missed by absolutely everyone who was fortunate enough to work with him. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and many friends.

Robin Hoffman

Michele McIntyre

16 January 2020

Les interviewed and hired me 11 years ago. It was during that interview that I knew I would have a great work mentor in Les. He made an obscure literary reference during the interview, and then he pushed his chair back and waited. I understood the reference and instinctively slapped my hand on the desk between us and laughed. He also broke out in laughter and it was a bonding moment. I could always count on Les to talk straight and be considerate. He always had a smile and a warm greeting. He was very funny and fun to be around. I still can’t grasp that he is gone. He will be greatly missed.

Robert Dupre

15 January 2020

Les was a good man. He would always take the time to greet everyone and shake their hand. He was kind, warm and friendly. You can't always choose the people you work with, but everyone would chose Les. He took the bad with understanding and the good with gratitude. Les will be missed by many.

FROM THE FAMILY