John J. Leech
John J. Leech
  • June 27, 1936 - January 25, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - A memorial service for MSGT John J. Leech Jr. USAF (Ret.), 80, will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with full military honors following the service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is in charge.

John was the oldest son of Annabelle and John Leech Sr. Born on June 27, 1936, John was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Columbia. John married his high school sweetheart Alyce on August 22, 1958 at St. Paul’s. They moved their membership to Christ the King Lutheran Church to help form a new congregation. While at Christ the King John served on church council and as Chairman of the finance committee.

A lifelong Gamecock fan, John had always looked forward to attending football games and tailgating with friends. He and his wife attended their first “BIG THURSDAY” in 1956. John was always active in youth programs, as a scout leader and Co-Founder of the Midlands Soccer Association. John retired as the supervisor of the Air Crew Life Support Shop at McEntire SCANG Base after 39 years of service to his country.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alyce; sons, Julian and Jay; three grandchildren, Adam, Rebecca and Murphy; five great grandchildren, Jacob, Zachary, Zoey, Alex and Emma; brother, Bobby Leech (Barbara); sister, Patty Edwards (Randy); and sister-in-law, Vickie Leech. He was predeceased by brother, Richard “Dickey” Leech.

The family cannot put into words the thanks for the support they received from Palmetto Health Hospice. From the initial contact to the fantastic support at the end they have been so wonderful and compassionate. Also there are no words to express the appreciation felt toward the support received from friends who have been there to help in any way asked. Ann, Barbara, and Iris, thank you.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull St, Columbia, SC 29201; or Palmetto Health Hospice, 1400 Pickens Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

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