Gary Leicht, 63
Dec. 20, 1951 -- July 13, 2015
Mr. Gary Leicht, of Kingman, Arizona, and West Bend, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 13, 2015, at Froedtert Hospital. He was 63 years old.
Gary was born Dec. 20, 1951, in Germantown, the son of Homer and Jeanette (nee Schultz) Leicht. He attended school in Germantown, and graduated from St. Johnís Military Academy in Delafield in 1970. He went on to study education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. On May 29, 1971, he was united in marriage with Judy Kannenberg at David Star Lutheran Church.
Gary was a journeyman carpenter who was always making something, from furniture to building homes. While living in the Cedarburg and Jackson areas, he worked for D and H Developers, Jacobi Builders, Cedarburg Lumber and Custom View Windows. In 1990, he started his own business, Creative Design Remodeling. He ran that until moving to Arizona in 2003. Gary enjoyed his retirement in Arizona where he took many day trips to the mountains with Judy in their Jeep.
Gary was a former member of Davidís Star Lutheran Church in Jackson and a present member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Kingman, Arizona. He enjoyed woodworking, four-wheeling and playing golf. He traveled every year, mostly to Alabama to visit his daughterís family and then to Wisconsin to camp for the summer. In 2014, Gary, Judy and friends attended a taping of the Price is Right in California, a highlight in Garyís retirement years. Above all, Gary loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his wife, Judy and their two children, Anne (Steven) McCarty of Saraland, Alabama, and Jeremy (fiance Rachelle Gipp) of Kewaskum. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Brandon (Patricia), Samantha, Christina and Melissa Kertscher, William McCarty and Jacob Leicht; great-grandson, Braydon Kertscher; brother, Homer (Jan) Leicht of Menomonee Falls; sister, Sharron Klein of Appleton; father-in-law, Jerome Kannenberg of Alpache Junction, Arizona; brother-in-law, David (Jan) Kannenberg of Tucson, Arizona; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 15, at David Star Lutheran Church (2740 Davidís Star Drive, Jackson). The family will receive visitors at the church on Wednesday from 11 a.m.-noon.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.