OBITUARY

Leslie William Kevehazi

May 17, 1959January 10, 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

17 January

Funeral Service

10:00 am

Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home

Chapel

2950 Cobb Pkwy NW
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152

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John & Kay Oeltjen

January 16, 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

January 16, 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

January 16, 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

January 15, 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.

Jim Garrow

January 15, 2020

I worked with Les for about 13 years. In that time, we traveled to many conferences, conventions and SKO meetings together. What I loved most about Les, was that we could have so many different people sitting at a table together for dinner, or driving together on the road, and no matter who it was -- sales reps, field reps, managers, customers, authors -- Les had a way of carrying the entire table and making everyone comfortable. We all just bounced off of Les and always had a great time. That was a true talent.
His knowledge of books, merchandising and business was massive. It will be a large void without him, both as a coworker and a friend. I am so glad, and feel very lucky, that I got to know him and work with him for so many years.

Celeste Burr

January 14, 2020

Les was so many things to so many people, but mostly a great person, a true family man and a great friend. We spent many hours on bike rides together and inevitably the subject of food would come up. No surer way to get hungry on a ride than discussing what Les would be cooking for dinner! And he was a very good cook. I loved the pork themed dinner while we waited for the Route announcement for the ride across Iowa for RAGBRAI 2019! You are gone way too soon my friend and there are still so many more places to ride. But I will carry these fond memories with me as I ride along, thankful for the great times and adventures that we shared. Hopefully God issued you a halo shaped bike helmet 😊

Donna Happach

January 14, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Les for only three years. While we were acquainted for a relatively short time, I grew very fond of him. He was a truly good man, and we shared our love of family, books, and life. Everytime we had a conversation, we ended with laughter. He always brought a smile to me, and I will miss him.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family that he loved immeasureably.

Donna Happach
Book Fair Support Representative

Phoung Tong

January 14, 2020

I took over as captain for the club over 2 years ago. Before and after I took over, I remembered our conversations were always engaging and filled with advice. He helped me on my first year as captain by reassuring me that everything went well. I will miss his presence at the MS event and how he loved talking about his different bike adventures/events he and Terri have been on. Keep riding on, Les.

Suzi Raymond

January 14, 2020

I met Les seven years ago. I was already working for Scholastic in Los Angeles and moving to Georgia. He made time to meet with me and we had such a great meeting that I couldn't wait to work with him. I was disappointed that he didn't have a position available, but he went out of his way to make sure that I had a job when I moved here.

A few years later, I was fortunate enough to be on his team, Les was supportive, warm-hearted, and no-nonsense. I will always have fond memories of his laugh and his enthusiasm. He was our biggest cheerleader. We were so very fortunate to have him in our Scholastic Family.

Kim VanArsdall

January 14, 2020

Having worked with Les for many years, I have many fond memories of him. He would call me up and say "Hey KVA" an abbreviation of my name - I will miss that but always remember him and his fun spirit and tender heart.

FROM THE FAMILY