John Stephen Leemhuis
June 2, 1955 – January 12, 2020
John S. Leemhuis (64) died peacefully in his home on Sunday, January 12, surrounded by his family. John was born June 2, 1955, in Indianapolis to Jack and Rosie Leemhuis. He is survived by his wife Bet, sons Jack (Melissa), Frank, and Tim, brother Tom (Mary Elizabeth), sister Mary (Kevin), and many nieces and nephews.
A graduate of The Latin School of Indianapolis and Marion College, John remained in Indianapolis his whole life, working for Ernst & Young as a CPA before joining the Indiana Sports Corp. John then started his own accounting firm, Leemhuis Group, later merging and forming Petrow, Kane, & Leemhuis.
John passionately served in many Indianapolis organizations over the years, including the Catholic Business Exchange, St. Pius X School Board and Athletic Committee, the Catholic Youth Organization, Allisonville Youth Baseball & Softball Board and Challenger Division, Penrod Society, Catholic Cemeteries Association, and a number of professional accounting groups. Later in life, John found a passion for teaching, serving as an adjunct professor of accounting at Marian University.
John was loved by all, but no one gave him more happiness than his family. Some of John’s favorite things to do included attending and coaching his sons’ many sporting events, Notre Dame football, and spending time with Bet in their second home on St. Simons Island, Georgia. In addition to his love for his Indiana family, John embraced his wife’s southern roots through frequent visits with her family in Virginia. John never met a stranger, and everyone he interacted with was touched by his love.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020, from 2PM to 5PM and on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 10AM to 11AM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, with a Catholic funeral mass immediately following at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s name to the IU Health Foundation Lung Transplant Program, located at 1633 N. Capitol Ave, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, IN 46202, from which John received the gift of a lung transplant in June of 2016.
- Elizabeth Leemhuis, Wife
- Jack Leemhuis (Melissa), Son
- Frank Leemhuis, Son
- Tim Leemhuis, Son
IU Health Foundation Lung Transplant Program
1633 N. Capitol Ave, Suite 1200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
- Visitation Sunday, January 19, 2020
- Visitation Monday, January 20, 2020
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 20, 2020
- Burial Monday, January 20, 2020
John Stephen Leemhuis
January 31, 2020
I am so sad about John's passing but so happy he's at peace. He was our accountant for many years. I was looking forward to his big hug and catching each other up on the past year. We were also his landscapers at their old house for years. He always wanted to know how our kids and families were doing and he knew them by name. Then he would tell us all about Bet and the boys. He was so proud of his family. Our heart goes out to you Bet and the boys.
John & Melissa
Still Growing Landscaping
January 24, 2020
John was my teammate while we played basketball at Marion College in the mid to late 70's. John and I roomed together when our team traveled to Poland in the summer of 1976. I got to re-connect with him at a reunion a few years ago. I did not learn of his passing till just a few days ago. I have been praying for him for several years as I understood he had some physical challenges. I will continue to pray for his family. He always seemed to have a smile on his face. Rest in peace, John.
January 21, 2020
I am sad to hear of John's passing. John was a wonderful man and was my accountant the past several years. Most of our conversations quickly transitioned from the topic of accounting to the game of baseball. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Leemhuis family, coworkers, and the countless lives John touched.
January 20, 2020
Words can't begin to express how I feel about John's passing. I always admired the person that John was and respected him for being the kind of person I want to be. He lived every day to it's fullest and always saw the good in situations and others. I loved him like a brother and regret not making the time to see more of him these past couple of years. Rest in Peace John and may God Bless the Leemhuis family, friends, co-workers and loved ones.
January 19, 2020
If there were a Hall Of Fame for truly nice people John would be a first ballot inductee. He was such a generous person. The impact provided by Challenger baseball was and is profound. He was also just fun to be around. I will miss him greatly and my heart goes out Bet and the boys.
Lisa Wright Minter
January 17, 2020
I will definitely miss John, I am so thankful that God allowed me to cross paths with this amazing man. John hired me at the Indiana Sports Corp in 1984, I was fresh out of high school and 35 years later, I am still at ISC. I am so thankful that he saw something in me and gave me this opportunity. A few of us that John hired met him for lunch a couple months ago, we were all looking forward to meeting up with him, because he told the best stories. We took an extended lunch, but none of us cared, because we were meeting with our mentor our friend. Bet I will continue to lift you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you.
Marilyn( Max) Meier -Lombard
January 16, 2020
I have soo many fun memories from when we were little kids . Especially one involving being pushed into bushes while sitting in a grocery cart.
Johnnie always had a smile on his face .
Love you dear cousin .
January 15, 2020
Theres not enough words to express the joy of meeting John and his family….My condolences to the Leemhuis family. To each of you may Gods grace and mercy be with you...John's at peace now.
He will be truly missed. Bet my arms wrap you with love and hugs.
Denise McClendon (secretary)
7North Transplant unit
Kathy Craig (Faust)
January 15, 2020
Big Moose was his nickname as a kid. My best friends big brother, my brother Tom’s friend and our moms were best friends! Some of my very best memories as a teenager were going to John’s basketball games at Latin School. He was always nice to me and an outstanding big bro to his brother, Mini Moose and sister Mary Moose. I promise to watch out for Mary, John!!! See you next life, Kathy Faust Craig
Lee Ann Heckman
January 15, 2020
John was a very special gift to this world. He brought joy, laughter and love to all who crossed his path. He will be missed. Thank you John for always bringing a smile to my face and being a part of my life.
January 14, 2020
JOHN WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON WHO MADE YOU BETTER THAN YOU KNEW YOU COULD BE. HE ASKED ME IF I COULD JUST COME HOLD YOUTHLINKS TOGETHER, GAVE ME HIS SECRETARY, NOELLE, WHO KNEW EVEN LESS ABOUT COMPUTERS AND COPIERS THAN I DID( IF THAT WAS POSSIBLE}. WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF ROSANNE AND JANET, WE "DID IT".
THIS WAS A SPECIAL TIME IN MY LIFE WHEN I MADE NEW FRIENDS THAT I LAUGHED WITH AND I CRIED WITH IT. THANK YOU JOHN FOR BEING A PART OF MY LIFE AND BELIEVING IN ME
January 14, 2020
Best coach ever!