William James Leathem, 88, died Monday morning, Aug. 20, 2012, in Admiral’s Point Nursing and Rehabilitation, Huron.
He was born April 20, 1924, in Camden, N.J., to Harvey Leathem and Naomi (Bernheisel) Morselander, and he lived most of his life Huron.
He worked for Fisher Guide Plant, Elyria and retired in 1987 after 30 years. Bill served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until honorably discharged in Feb. 1946. He served on the USS Paul Hamilton along with his brother Paul Leathem mostly in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area, six stars, Philippine Liberation, two stars and also received the Victory Medal World War II.
Bill belonged to the V.F.W. Post 2529, Sandusky, the American Legion Post 527, Milan, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lake Erie Aerie 2875, Huron. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and his travels with his late wife Marge.
Bill is survived by his children, James (Deb) Leathem of Huron, Thomas (Sue) Leathem of Huron, and Shari (Jeff) Bowers of Berlin Heights; grandchildren, Michael (Stephanie) Leathem, Michelle Leathem, Clayton and Lucas Bowers.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Leathem in 2005; his brother, Paul; and sister, Audrey.
A private family ceremony will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com. Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron, is handling the arrangements.