Age 94, was born April 4, 1921, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Peter and Mary Margaret Leikam. Ed was the 4th youngest of 11 children, educated to the 8th grade when he left school to begin working. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a medic driver until he was honorably discharged when the war ended. Ed then came to Lansing, Michigan, in 1946 with his wife Lola where they made their family home and lived as husband and wife for 64 years. Ed and Lola shared a summer home in the Swiss Alpine Association outside of Evart, Michigan, for many years where they enjoyed fishing, swimming, snowmobiling, bonfires with friends and entertaining their grandchildren. He worked and retired at age 62 from Wohlert Corporation. In 2008 he moved to Grand Rapids, MI, and lived with his daughter Cheryl until his passing in their home on February 13, 2016. He left his family peacefully in his sleep to join his Lord.
Ed is survived by his son Edward Lee Leikam of Lansing, his daughter Cheryl Myers of Grand Rapids, granddaughters Danielle and Joanna Montgomery, grandson Jeff Leikam (Carol), great-grandchildren Ashley, Colton, Travis, April, Brice, Amanda and great-great-grandchildren Kylee and Amelia. He was predeceased by his wife Lola Leikam, grandson Marc Leikam, and his 10 brothers and sisters.
A celebration of Edward’s life will be held at 12:00 pm on Friday, February 19, 2016, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Family and friends are invited to a luncheon at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Saginaw Hwy. immediately following.
The family would like to recognize and thank Elba Vazquez for her loving care of Edward each morning and the entire Spectrum Health Hospice Staff. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Spectrum Health Hospice are welcomed.