Covell Funeral Home

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William Walter Leahy

February 21, 1929August 20, 2020

William Walter Leahy, age 91, of Traverse City, Michigan passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020. He was born on February 21, 1929 in Dearborn, Michigan to Walter and Helen (Degen) Leahy.

William graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School in 1947. He then attended the University of Detroit where he received a degree in chemistry in 1951. He had a long and successful career in the automotive industry.

On August 23, 1958, William married M. Kathleen Leahy, and together they raised five children. He was a devoted and loving father and grandfather who shared his love for the outdoors; camping, hunting and fishing. His Sunday breakfasts and Thanksgiving turkey were a tradition for the whole extended family.

William was preceded in death by his wife, M. Kathleen Leahy(Mullin), his parents, Walter and Helen(Degen)Leahy, Lawrence “Pa” Theisen and his brother, David Leahy. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Anne Prada, John (Julie) Leahy, Elizabeth Leahy, Michael (Sandra) Leahy, and Mary K. Buzolits; and ten grandchildren.

A private celebration of his life and burial will be held at a future date at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Mark Warner

August 27, 2020

Bill was my sister Julie’s father-in-law. I had the pleasure of getting to know Bill through extended family gatherings in Traverse City. The words that immediately come to mind when fondly reflecting on Bill are kind, humble, friendly and gentle. One of the measures of a man are the children he raised. Based on my knowledge of his children and their character, Bill was a good man. I consider myself blessed to have known him.

Jill Engerer (Eckert)

August 21, 2020

Was saddened to hear of Bill‘s passing… He and Kathy were my parent’s best friends and offered many years of comfort, humor and help to our family. We shared many happy memories of holidays and family vacations together… I think of Kathy often and miss her… My sympathy for your loss… Love, Jill


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