James Michael Leisher

Oscoda, Michigan
June 4, 1934 - September 20, 2019

Service Location

Tawas Area Presbyterian Church - East Tawas, Michigan


A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Obituary Notice

James M Leisher, (Jim) left this earth on September 20, 2019 with the full faith and earnest expectation of being reunited with his beloved wife Kaye and their Lord in His Kingdom.
Jim, age 85, was born in Constantine Michigan to Ralph and Helen (Brewer) Leisher on June 4, 1934. He married Kaye Shearer in Pinconning, Michigan on August 20, 1955. They had one child, Michael, born May 17, 1956. Mike and his wife Linda (Cassiday) formerly of Oscoda have 4 children, Deana (Jeramie) Davis, West Greenwich, RI, Heather (Tom) Coffin, Keene Valley, NY, Christopher (Carrie), currently serving in Kiev, Ukraine, and Josiah (Anna), Penn Hills, PA. Jim and Kaye were blessed with 9 great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his faithful wife Kaye on April 24, 2018 and by his parents and one brother, William Leisher.
Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education at Western Michigan University, and taught in Charlotte, Michigan before joining the staff at Robert D Richardson Junior High School in Oscoda, Michigan in 1967, retiring in 1993.
Jim was named as an All State quarterback in 1952 and played football for Western Michigan University where he was awarded a varsity letter. Jim and his wife Kaye were charter members of Tawas Area Presbyterian Church where they attended faithfully until Kaye’s passing.
Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, pursuing fish of all types in Oregon, Montana, Ontario, Quebec, South Carolina and Florida. He taught his son and grandchildren the joy of wild places and love of the outdoors. Lastly and perhaps mostly, Jim was a diehard Spartan devotee. He loved Michigan State football and basketball and always called his son Mike (a Michigan State graduate) during or after nearly every game. Those calls will be sorely and deeply missed.
A private inurnment will be observed at the columbarium of Tawas Area Presbyterian Church and a celebration of Jim’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church Memorial Gardens, and can be sent to 2095 East US 23, East Tawas, Michigan 48730


Tawas Area Presbyterian Church Memorial Gardens
2095 East US 23
East Tawas, Michigan 48730


Mike and Linda, We are so sorry about the passing of your father. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that he was a dear friend of ours and he will be missed. We will always remember the many good times that we had at their home watching football games or just celebrating a holiday. Your dad and mom were wonderful people and helped so many needy people in the area. They both loved working in the Memorial Garden at the church and donated unselfishly toward the upkeep of the garden.
Our love to you and your family and my God give you all peace.
— Shirley and Phil MacLeod
As Jim's Cousin, and as the two of us grew up together, I could tell you reams of stories of how the two of us got into trouble.
I always wished that after he moved to Oscoda, I was able to visit with him more. He was a year older than I am, and I cannot travel anymore. Jim and his family were very special to me. His mother was a great cook, and a great craftsman. I looked up to his father as a Uncle and as a Minister. My heart goes out to the Leisher family. Go with God and meet your family Jim.
Sorry to hear this news. Jim was a great teacher and a good man. Very glad to have known him.
— Michael Fullerton

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