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J.W. Leitch


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August 30, 1929 to April 9, 2019

J.W. Leitch, 90 years young, formerly of Roswell, passed away on April 9, 2019, at La Posada, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

J.W. was born on August 30, 1928 in Toledo, OH, to William B. Leitch and Mary Ellen McGinty Leitch. Both parents preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister Ninagrace Ann Sala of San Marcos, Texas.

J.W. and Annette Mary Tucker were married in Fort Worth, Texas on April 8, 1951. Annette preceded him in death.

J.W. is survived by four children: Michael Wade Leitch and wife Shannon of Vancouver, WA, Patricia Dawn Leitch and fiancé Randy Hamill of Oklahoma City, OK, Robert Scott Leitch and wife Kathryn of Albuquerque, NM and Gary Wayne Leitch of Albuquerque, NM, his 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

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J.W. honorably served his country during the Korean War and obtained the rank of Master Sargent in the United States Air Force. He had businesses in the fireworks industry and producing bus parts in Roswell, NM. J.W. was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and father-in-law. He loved Annette dearly, and was the sweetest as he wore his wedding ring up to the end. He had a great sense of humor and instilled in all of us the need to be better than we are and to always have a great work ethic. He was an avid bowler and after working 3 jobs, he would hit the lanes to add to the household funds. The last few years he helped Patti care for his three grandpups, Tucker, Lexi and Jax.

J.W. will be missed dearly by all of those who knew and loved him.

J.W. and Annette’s ashes will be interred in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, TX with military honors.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Mesilla Valley Hospice – La Posada, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005, who made his transition so much easier.

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