OBITUARY

Ralph Earl Leavitt

August 15, 1922March 21, 2013
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Leavitt, Ralph Earl, 90, of Brandon, Florida, left this world to be with Our Lord on Thursday, March 21, 2013. He was born on August 15, 1922 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Warren Ellis and Cecile Lepper Leavitt. He served with the US Army in Europe during WWII and was instrumental in restoring communications in Paris after D-Day. Ralph retired from AT&T after 46 years of service as a traffic engineer. He was a member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church of Brandon, formerly of Havendale Christian Church of Winter Haven, FL and Mt. Carmel Christian Church of Decatur, GA. He was a scout leader, church deacon and elder. He belonged to the Church Builders founded in 1972 and participated in the building of more than 20 churches across North America. Ralph was an avid traveler, reader, political enthusiast and a former member of the Masons. He was predeceased by his devoted wife of 58 years, Marion. Survivors include his sons, Tom (Carol) of Brandon, FL, Fred (Linda) of Covington, GA, Steve (Rose) of Boise, ID, Jeff (Debbie) of Gardena, CA and Gary (Pam) of Cincinnati, OH; sister, Dorothy Follet of Merritt Island, FL; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a loving extended family and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 11 AM with family receiving friends at 10 AM at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, Brandon, FL. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent in Ralph’s name to Life Path Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300, Temple Terrace, FL 33637. Ralph will be deeply missed and forever loved.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, March 28, 2013
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Ralph Earl Leavitt

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Judy Goering Talbot

March 28, 2013

I am so happy to have been able to visit Uncle Ralph and Aunt Marion in the beautiful facility they lived in; we had a lovely and large family dinner in the dining room there which I am so grateful for. I didn't know them well but they were always important to me since Ralph was my mother's brother.

March 28, 2013

With deepest sympathy to the Leavitt family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.

Devon

March 28, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

J. D & Elsie Smith

March 27, 2013

I have many great memories of Ralph. Our (Elsie & JD Smith) prayers are with your family. Here is a man who lived until he died. He was a soft spoken servant in every way. Heaven is a little nearer now. I learned of his death from Ronnie Williams.

Debbie and John Mishkula

March 27, 2013

I knew Ralph and Marion for years when I was at Mt. Carmel Christian Church. Marion and Ralph were the sweetest people in the world. A loving couple that always welcomed you into their home. I was dating their son, Steve, and they treated me just like a daughter. There are so many memories. God Bless you and your family during this time of sympathy.

Holly Castrucci

March 27, 2013

My sypathies to you Gary and your family in the loss of your father. Prayers to you all.

Woody &Charlene Hubbard

March 26, 2013

Our love and prayers are with you,Tom and family. We know your dad was a very special man who loved the Lord with all his heart. He will be greatly missed.

Rick Follet

March 25, 2013

I remember the very special; the good times we spent with Uncle Ralph and the boys and the Princes, too, on summer afternoons in New York. We always considered ourselves lucky to have such a great and caring uncle and mentor.

Karen Miguel

March 25, 2013

I know God is saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant", your work on Earth is done. Your quiet spirit is something that I admired. Until we see you again.

Debi Dickey Raxter

March 25, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Leavitt were amazing people. They made me feel a part of the family from the first time I met them. They were responsible for giving me a wonderful brother-in-law who has made my life interesting for 43 years now. Mr. Leavitt will be missed but Praise God he is with Mrs. Leavitt and my mom now. And thankfully there is not bedtime in heaven because they are having a blast catching up!