John M. Leaman

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at St. John Lutheran Church in Grafton for John M. Leaman, who passed away peacefully on Dec. 11, 2005 at the age of 86, at Cedar Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cedarburg. The Rev. Daryl Knox officiated the funeral service. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is assisted the family with arrangements.

John Leaman was born on July 5, 1919 in Milwaukee, to the late John M. and Florence (nee Feldmeier) Leaman. Education was a very important part of Johnís life. He finished number one is his class at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where he earned a bachelorís degree in engineering. He then attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a masterís degree in engineering.

John was very active throughout his life and enjoyed many outdoor sports. He truly excelled at bicycling. He was an active member of the American Wheelman Association, and won a national championship in 1938.

During World War II, John served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed in Italy where he worked on the B-24 bombers during the war.

John was a longtime resident of Grafton and also lived in the Cedarburg and Mequon area. He enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the American Contract Bridge League. John was also an avid golfer and member of the Ozaukee County menís golf league.

John is survived by his wife Patricia (nee Martens) of Mequon; children Linda (Elroy) Giese of Grafton and Dr. James S. Leaman (special friend Shannon Burt) of Oconomowoc; mother-in-law Louise Martens of West Bend; stepchildren Crystal (James) Berg of Hartford, Donna (Paul) Ohm of West Bend, Daniel (Traci) Biedenbender of Hubertus and Steven (Debbie) Biedenbender of Grafton; grandchildren Mike Streff (fiancée Jennifer Lambert), Jaime, James and Ashley Leaman; and brother Richard (Ruth) Leaman of Elm Grove. He is further survived by 10 stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his first wife Jean (nee Semrow) Leaman.

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