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James J. “Jim” Leach, 65

Dec 6, 2010

James J. "Jim" Leach

Alamogordo, N.M. – James J. “Jim” Leach, age 65, passed away on Nov. 23, 2010, in Alamogordo, N.M.

He was born on Sept. 15, 1945, in Aurora, Ill., to James and Della Leach; he grew up and graduated from high school in Blue Earth.

Jim was retired from the Air Force where he served for 22 years. He served in the Vietnam War from December 1969 to December 1970. After retiring, he worked for various civilian contractors at Holloman AFB, and most recently for Miratek International Technology Group. He loved running, playing golf, biking, and rooting for his favorite teams, Notre Dame, Air Force and the Vikings. Jim also enjoyed spending time with friends and his five grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sheryl Leach; son, Jay (Elis) Leach, of Centennial, Colo., grandchildren, Tyler, Jared and Timothy; daughter, Jackie (Mike) Alvarez, of Vacaville, Calif., grandchildren, Michele and Anthony. Jim is also survived by his sisters, Ruth Ann Schaper, of Bricelyn, Lynda (Marvin) Heidecker, of Lakota, Iowa, and Catherine (Mike) Koons, of Lady Lake, Fla.; and brother, Gary (Gina) Leach, of Delavan; Sheryl’s family which includes four sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews and dear friends and neighbors, Gus and Angie Gschwind.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Della Leach; brother, John Leach; two sisters-in-law; and two brothers-in-law.

A Memorial Mass was held on Nov. 26, 2010 at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church. The Rev. Bruce Hausfeld, OFM, officiated.

Inurnment will be held at a later date in Blue Earth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Alamogordo Home Care/Hospice, 1859 Indian Wells Rd., Alamogordo, NM 88310.

The Leach family entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.