Obituary of Harold E. Leighty
WESTMORELAND – Harold E. Leighty, 100, of Westmoreland, formerly of Indiana, Watertown, and Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 with his daughter by his side.
Harold was born August 14, 1918, in Kendallville, Indiana, the son of Ernest and Goldie (Shook) Leighty. He was raised and educated in Indiana and went on to serve his country during World War II with the US Army. On June 18, 1944, Harold married Mary McDonald in Indiana, sharing a union of 54 years. Mrs. Leighty passed away in 1998. In 2001, Harold met up with his high school sweetheart, Joanne Helmer, with whom he spent next eleven years until her passing. Harold was a truck driver, working out of Indiana, Watertown, Utica and finally Florida. In his younger years, Harold enjoyed photography. Later in life he took up gardening and crafting. He also enjoyed camping and boating. Harold was of the Methodist faith. Harold took great pride in reaching 100 years of age and being at home with family. He celebrated the milestone with friends and family from all over the country. Harold was a person that had a Can-Do attitude. He was easy going with a positive personality. Harold lived a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life.
Harold is survived by a daughter, Leeann Usyk, Westmoreland; a son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Brenda Leighty, California; a daughter, Barbara Reid, Florida: seven grandchildren, Mark Usyk, Luke Usyk, Matthew Usyk, Joann Clemo, Michael Leighty, Christine Baiocchi, and Dennis Reid; seven great-grandchildren, Jake, Carter, McKenna, Morgan, Mya, Jacob, and Jack. He is also survived by a niece, Linda Silberg. Besides his wife, Harold is predeceased by a sister, June Anna Silberg.
Mr. Leighty’s funeral services are being held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Grace Memorial Gardens, Hudson, Florida.
Those wishing may donate to the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department or to COCVAC in Harold’s memory.
Arrangements are entrusted to R.P. Heintz Funeral Service, Inc., 10 East Park Row, Clinton.
The family extends their thanks and heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, 3rd floor for the care and kindness shown to Harold and his family during his stay.