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In memoriam: Jeffrey W. Leehe


Note from NWRBX staffIt was with great shock and sadness that we discovered the news of Jeff’s passing on Monday morning.  Jeff was a frequent visitor to NWRBX.  He always had a piece of history to share with us or something about his high school days playing football or just messing around or perhaps sharing our political views or talking about the loves of his life – his wife and his dogs.  No matter what it was, he was a joy to have in our office and we will miss him terribly along with the rest of the construction industry.

Jeffrey W. Leehe, age 64 of Elmwood, died Friday November 6 at his home in Elmwood.

Jeff was born March 16, 1956 in Racine to Robert and Patricia (Josrstad) Leehe.  He graduated from Racine Park High School in 1974 and always said playing football was the best part of going to school.

Jeff moved with his parents to Spring Valley to the Leehe family farm where is grandfather, Adolph Leehe still lived.  He loved the farm his entire life.

Jeff became an industrial/commercial painter from 1975 to 1990, working all over the United States.  A horrible accident on the top of the Chicago Post Office nearly killed him in the fall of 1980.  Jeff took a Carribean cruise in March on 1981 to do something different while he was recovering from the accident.  He was surprised to meet his future wife, Karen Pearce, as he wasn’t sure he was going to like the cruise.  They were married February 10, 1982.  They bought their home in Elmwood in September of 1982, where he lived the rest of his life.

Jeff began his painting/contractor business in early spring of 1991, Jeff Leehe Painting and Decorating, LLC and was still operating the business when he died.

He loved the Leehe farm all his life and was always happy to be on the land.  His dogs were very precious to him and he came to care for his cats very much.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Karen; his brother and sister-in-law, Allen (Mary Ann) Sather of Kenosha, two brothers-in-law, Douglas Pearce and Thomas Pearce both of Michigan; two nieces and four nephews and an entire horde of cats who really miss him.

Due to Covid-19, A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2021.

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