Steve Jimmy Leewaye

Born: Thu., Dec. 25, 1947
Died: Tue., Jul. 11, 2017


Graveside Service

10:30 AM Thu., Jul. 20, 2017
Location: Fairview Cemetery


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Steve Jimmy Leewaye, 69, passed away July 11, 2017, at Parkview Medical Center.  Steve resided in Pueblo West, Colorado with his wife of 17 years, Geraldine C. Leewaye.
 
Steve was born December 25, 1947 in Salida, Colorado to Arthur F. and Sally E. Leewaye.
 
Steve was a long time resident of Salida, but his love of travel and adventure led him to also live in Wasilla Alaska, Monte Vista Colorado, Bucksport Maine, and Pueblo West.
 
He attended schools in Salida, graduating from Salida High School in 1966.
 
Steve joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967 and served his country in Vietnam.  Steve was extremely proud of his military service.  He received numerous commendations throughout his time in the Marine Corps including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V”, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 *, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Mast, Rifle Expert Badge, and Good Conduct Medal.
 
Upon his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he returned to Salida, where he worked at the Climax mine, as a Deputy with the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Department, delivery driver with Rio Grande/DSL Freight Line, and as a contract house painter.
 
Steve loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his animal friends and companions.  He was a jokester, always wanting to make someone laugh and lift their spirits.  He had a vast yearning for knowledge of the Native American ways and spent enormous amounts of time researching family history and genealogy.  He touched the lives of all he came into contact with and will be missed by all.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Sally, his brother Jake, and man’s best friend, his dog Sitka.
 
Survivors include sisters Catherine Webb of Canon City, Barbara Wallace of Lawrenceville, GA, Ruth Faris of Colorado Springs, Jeanne Croxton-Woods of Phoenix, AZ, Rose (Roy) Garrett of Canon City, and Tina (Pat) Green of Buena Vista; brothers Art (Maxine) of Delhi, CA, Jerry (Lena) of Salida, Larry of Salida, Mike of Colorado Springs, Don of Pueblo, Ron of Las Vegas, NV, Bill of Salida, Dennis (Daryl) of West Sacramento, CA, and Dave (Cindy) of Buena Vista; and 56 Nieces and nephews.
 
Graveside service will be Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM at Fairview Cemetery in Salida, CO.  On line condolences maybe sent to the family at lewisandglenn.com.  Arrangements are with Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home.

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Betty Furton
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
So sorry to hear about Steve. You have my deepest heartfelt condolences. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. Blessings.

Jackie Stephens
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
Ms. Jerri and the Leewaye Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. He was quite the man!! I enjoyed his stories that he learned while doing his family tree research. I am so happy we all became such good friends. I will not be able to attend the service, but know that I wished I could be in attendance. Ms. Jerri, please take care of yourself and know that I am always here if you need anything. My condolences to you Mr. Jerry Leewaye. It has been many years sir and I am glad to have gotten to know your family! You have a great family!! Best wishes.....

Jackie Stephens

Ron and Vickie Roberts
   Posted Fri July 28, 2017
Jerry and Family,

We are so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. Our sympathy and prayer for comfort in the coming days. He was a character with a good sense of humor. He will be missed.

Ron and Vickie

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