Edward Leikam

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Formerly of Lansing

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.

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Dave and Cindy Blossey
February 15, 2016 at 9:42 am

Thoughts and prayers for the family. We will miss uncle Ed and his honest opinions and sense of humor. The last of the siblings, may our family stay strong and together.

Jill Meendering
February 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm

What a sweet man… Many thoughts and prayers to his family.

Mark Lehman
February 19, 2016 at 8:05 am

Ed and Lola were very good neighbors to have here in Lansing. I recall when I first moved in the neighborhood that every evening you could see them go on their evening walks together. How nice that was. I had many conversations with him after work where we would chat on their back porch. Those memories will be well cherished. I would like to extend my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends that knew him as well as his wife.


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