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John "Jack" W. Leese, Jr.

April 26, 1931 — September 30, 2023


John "Jack" W. Leese, Jr.

Leese, John (Jack) W. Jr. age 92 passed away peacefully in his home on September 30th. Beloved husband of Georgia Leese (nee Lewis); loving father of Stephanie Leese (Jeff) Emrich, and the late Karen (Tim) Miller; fond grandfather of TJ (Chelsea) Miller and Sara Miller (Ethan) Poulsen; great-grandfather of Grayson and Magnolia Miller; step-grandsons Charles Emrich and Parker Emrich. Toby, the family dog, brought great joy for nearly 16 years. Graduate of Lane Tech in Chicago and Northwestern University (BS, MA). U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Legendary football coach (Illinois State Champions – East Leyden High School Eagles), wrestling official and lifelong booster. Achieved numerous awards, and recently inducted into 6th hall of fame in recognition of leadership and dedication to athletics and sportsmanship. Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 12, 12:00PM – 3:00PM, at East Leyden High School, 3400 Rose Street, Franklin Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to Northwestern University, Attn: School of Education and Social Policy, 1201 Davis Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208 are deeply appreciated.

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