James Michael Leisher
June 4, 1934 - September 20, 2019
Tawas Area Presbyterian Church - East Tawas, Michigan
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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