Joseph P Dunleavy

May 31, 2004April 25, 2021
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With a smile that could light up a room and a personality that could charm all who were in that room, it is with broken hearts and much sorrow that Nora, Joe, Maddie and Amanda share the tragic news of the death of Joseph “Joey” Patrick Dunleavy on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the age of 16.

Joey was preceded in death by his grandfather and everlasting-life-time buddy, Thomas “Pop-Pop” Dunleavy, grandfather, Daniel “Popo” Ruhland, and grandmother Mary Lou (nee Bernd) Ruhland.

Joey is survived by his mother and father, Nora and Joe Dunleavy, his sisters Maddie and Amanda, and his grandmother, Margaret (nee Rainsford) Dunleavy, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joey was a junior at Kingwood High School and a graduate of The Pines Montessori School in Kingwood. He was a member of the JV football team, a swimmer for the Greentree-Riverchase Gators, a member of the Kingwood Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League, an usher at St. Martha Catholic Church, and a volunteer at Jesse Jones Park. He is a former member of the Kingwood Football League where he met many of his closest friends.

Joey was a connoisseur of pancakes, Ritz crackers & peanut butter, Dr Pepper, anything grilled and his favorite, a “number 3” from What-a-Burger, with grilled onions and spicy ketchup. His childhood passion for green army men, grew into air soft, paint ball, and video games. He enjoyed tinkering with things and concocting the occasional experimental dinner recipe. He was passionate about grilling and no one made a better pot of coffee then our family barista. Time with his friends brought him such joy and each day he looked for opportunities to make new ones. A student of history and a lover of the men and woman of the United States Armed Forces, Joey dreamed of learning to fly and serving as a United States Marine.

His passing is hoped to be a wake-up-call to his family, friends and community about the destructive and insidious nature of depression and the lack of awareness and honest dialogue about the many people currently inflicted with this disease.

Life is a treasure hunt – you just need to know the treasure is your children, family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the JED Foundation ( to support programs for teens and young adults to prevent suicide, and CHADD Inc ( to support research and programs for families struggling with ADHD.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 29, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021


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Tim West

May 3, 2021

Dear Joe and Nora Dunleavy,

I am so sorry for your loss, and our prayers are with you both, and your family as you go through these trying times. Please accept our love and compassion for a fellow green tree gator.

Our condolences,

The West Family( Maria, Tim, Monica, & TJ West)

Maureen Dunleavy

May 3, 2021

Dear Joe, Nora, Maddie and Amanda, we are so very sorry to hear of your terrible loss. We have no words to lessen your unimaginable pain and grief. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Maureen Dunleavy Reilly and all the Dunleavy family, Bishop St., Tuam, Co. Galway.

Barbara perlette

May 2, 2021

My heart goes out to you Nora and your family as you go through this time following loss of your dear son Joey. So very sorry for your heartbreaking and unimaginable pain. Such a beautiful tribute and story about Joey, a very special young man.
May you find comfort and peace, Barb Perlette

Jackie Beck

May 2, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to each of you Nora ,Joe and Maddie.

We feel blessed to be on Joey‘s path in life. I always enjoyed having Joey in PE at Pines. He was always the first to help me set up the field for whatever we were doing. Joey shared his love for baseball with me. He loved helping me teach the game to others. I will never forget Joey he was truly a joy to know.
My God Comfort each of you during this difficult time.

Jackie, Delaney and Jacob Beck

Dorgan Family Fermoy, Ireland

April 30, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Joe, Nora, Maddie, Amanda, Margaret and Dunleavy family.
We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time. We were there with you last night, virtually, for Joey's funeral mass.
Remembering a beautiful boy who visited us here in Fermoy, Joe wanted Maddie and Joey to experience the fun he had in Ireland...looking at the pictures I think they did.
God Bless you all. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Aunt Bridie, Batt, Carrie, Lisa and families.

Rachel Sheppard

April 30, 2021

Dearest Nora, my heart is with you.

I never got the honour of meeting Joey but I could tell by the way you spoke of him that he was much loved and a great joy in your life.

Sending my love to you, Joe, Maddie & Amanda

Rachel x

Laurie Brage

April 30, 2021


My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so saddened to hear about Joey's passing. Reading about him and seeing all of the pictures full of love and smiles....his smile is so sweet, welcoming and contagious. Please know that many people are lifting you up during this devastating time.

Love, Laurie Brage

olivia garcia

April 30, 2021

Joe, Nora, Maddie, and Amanda
Joey was always a joy to be around, from eating steak at the Remkes and drinking a lot of mexican cokes, to going to our beach house and being on the beach with him all day, he was the sweetest soul and funniest person who could always lift the mood of everyone in the room. I will never forget the memories we share and can make peace with knowing how much fun he always had with Alexis and I. I’m deeply sorry for the passing.

Always love,

Olivia Garcia

Mary Lawrence

April 30, 2021

My deepest, heart felt sympathies. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jesus and Cristina Mantas

April 29, 2021

I can't imagine the sorrow and pain you are going through. Cristina and I are deeply saddened by your loss.

Sending our love and prayers to you, Joe, Maddie and Amanda.

With our deepest sympathy,

Jesus and Cristina Mantas