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Allen J. Leighty, Jr., 96, of Rockford, passed away, as he wished, holding hands with his bride of 73 years, on Monday, August 13, 2018. Born on July 15, 1922, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Allen J. and Reah J. (Head) Leighty, Sr. Graduate of Peoria Woodruff High School. Allen was a veteran of the Army Air Corps serving in WWII. He was proud member of the 318th Fighter Squadron 325th Fighter Group. Allen married Helen A. Puckett on July 21, 1945 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois. He retired from Behr Machinery & Equipment in 1978 having worked in the millwright machinery repair business since 1945. Member of St. James Catholic Church, YMCA's retired men's club and Blackhawk Athletic Club. Allen coached basketball at St. James for 10 years. He was an avid bowler; inducted into the Rockford Bowling Hall of Fame. Allen also enjoyed golfing, fishing, being active in the YMCA, and going to the casinos. He owned a patent for a fishing anchor.
Survived by his wife, Helen; children, Janet Ficke of Oregon, Steven (Darlene) Leighty of Caledonia, Christopher (Valerie) Leighty of Roscoe, Diane Leeson (Cheryl Stimpson) of Machesney Park, and Jeffrey (Krisinda) Leighty of Rockton; and 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by sons, Mark and Patrick; grandson, Paul; and three brothers. Special thank you to Heritage Woods Staff and Heartland Hospice, especially caregiver, Matt.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., Rockford, with Reverend Father William Wentink officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Private burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to JDRF (Type 1 Diabetes Research), 26 Broadway 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Paul and Dianne Cottrill

    So sorry for your loss in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Robin Atkins

    Allen and Helen are very special people and hold a spot in my heart. I met them in their home me as I was the home health nurse. They are very fortunate to have such loving and caring family.

  3. Beth MacCallum Marlewski

    Sending my sympathy and love to the Leighty family. Allen has always been special to me. I got to know him and Helen through Pat and Patty, and Allen took me under his wing and asked me to play in a few golf tournaments with him at Sinnissippi. He was a fun golf partner and taught me a lot! And I loved his smile! He will also hold a special place in my heart.

  4. Gene, Lori and Natalie Lee

    Condolences to the entire Leighty Family! It was in 2001 that I bought my first home on Rome Ave and became neighbors to the very welcoming people. We shared many conversations about the E-Rabs and how they raised a large family in very small home. After I got married they were always trying to convince us that our home was just fine to start and raise a family in as they did next door. After moving in 2014 we made a couple of visits to their home, so they could see how our daughter had grown. Mr. & Mrs. Leighty will always be our "friends" and never forgotten as we were just talking this past Sunday about them and wondering and how they were doing. Mr. Leighty thanks you for being a great person and neighbor. Mr. Leighty will be missed by all and until we meet again, rest in heaven!

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