Leonard E. “Len” Leavitt
October 6, 1949 – August 12, 2021
Preceded in death by father, Arthur “Len” Leavitt. Survived by mother, Elsie Leavitt; wife, Kristine; children: Angela (Jon), Matthew, and Jessica; siblings: Robert, Susan, Russell, and Therese; grandchildren: Lance, Bayleigh, Nathan, Connor, and Jakob; special family friend, Jaycie; many nieces and nephews and extended family.
VISITATION: Tuesday, August 17th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, August 18th at 10am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 5419 N. 114th St. GRAVESIDE SERVICE with Military Honors: Wednesday, 2pm, Omaha National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home or Benson VFW Post 2503.
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Len Leavitt was born on October 6, 1949, in Great Falls, Montana to Arthur “Len” and Elsie Leavitt. He was the oldest of five children – siblings: Robert, Susan, Russell, and Therese. Their summer vacations were spent in either Montana or Maine with family. When Len was younger, his father would take he and his brother Bob to Creighton basketball and baseball games – beginning a lifelong support and love for Creighton athletics. Len went to St Pius X for elementary school and Rummel (Roncalli) for high school, graduating in 1968.
After high school, he enlisted in the Navy and served during the Vietnam War on the U.S.S Ticonderoga. After his service ended, he came back to Omaha and met Kris at the Aquarius Bar on free pizza night. They were married in 1973 and had three children: Angela, Matthew, and Jessica. In 1974, Len started at the phone company and wore many hats during his years of service, finally retiring in 2001.
Len was a very proud Vietnam Veteran, and everyone knew his appreciation for all Veterans and their service to the country. He was always going out of his way to thank every Veteran he saw, passing out stars and making them feel appreciated. Len was proud to take part in the Vietnam Combat Veterans Honor Flight in 2016, finally receiving the Heroes Welcome Home.
His children were his pride and joy and he made sure they knew how much he loved them. Len instilled to his children a deep love and importance of family with family dinners, summer vacations, and weekends spent at the cabin with cousins. Being a grandpa however, was his favorite job. There were stocked candy drawers, secret “$10” (don’t tell your mom), perfectly cooked steaks, and a cabin filled with whatever they desired. Len was also a staple at their games and activities, and he could be seen cheering and heckling refs from the sidelines. He always made sure to support the concession stands, one might say it was his second favorite part of the games. For Len, family was the most important thing- but to him everyone was family.
Len passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife of 48 years and his three children. He was surrounded by love in his final hours.
Len is survived by his mother, Elsie; wife, Kris; children: Angie (Jon), Matt, and Jessie; grandchildren: Lance, Bayleigh, Nathan, Connor, and Jakob; special family friend, Jaycie; siblings: Bob, Sue, Russ, and Therese; many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
I am so sorry to hear about Len. I have only known him a few short years When we bought the cabin he came over and welcomed us. He told us that anything he had at his cabin was ours to use.
Bless you all through this tough time. My dad Ron and I will b in touch. If u all need ANYTHING. Please let us know.
Kurt and Chris Bogus
Lennie was loved by all who met him. Lennie, you will be missed. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Mike and Luanne Rosso
Dear Kris and family, Tom and I are heartbroken over Lenny’s death. I’m so glad we got to visit you a few years back. I have wonderful pictures of you and Lenny smiling. Please know we love you!❤️ Mary
We are saddened to hear of Lenny’s passing. We just sat with him last Sunday at breakfast at the Post. He will surely be missed, especially on Wednesday evenings during the meat raffles. We will all remember his booming voice and presence. God’s blessings to the family, Leigh and Vicki Freeman
Kristine and family: You are in my thoughts and prayers.
I met Len when Matt and I played little league football together 30 years ago. 8 years ago my wife and I moved into our first home (ironically) right behind him and Mrs Leavitt. In all those years he’s been nothing but genuine, open, and welcoming. He will be missed greatly. This world is less without him but blessed that we had him at all.
My prayers and thoughts are with the family. He will be missed.
Welcomed by the sailor when we moved into his sister’s cabin and a friend ever since. Will miss him each time we are at the lake!
Kris & family:
We remember when Lenny met Dan and invited us to join the VFW on a hamburger night. The “groceries were always good,” and the steak raffle very appreciated. It will be way too quiet in this world without you, especially at the VFW. Much love to your family.
Lenny was always kind to me. He was also very generous with his time as I had witnessed many times when I had the pleasure of working him when he volunteered at Rummel/Roncalli. You could tell he enjoyed helping others. I am so sorry for your loss.
Matt and family, Your Dad was so blessed to have had such a caring family to love him and be apart of him. He left quite the legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Met Len back in Big Bread Investment days. So sorry to hear of his recent passing… from his life story looks like he had a wonderful life and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Leavitt family.
Dear Kris and Family. I am saddened to hear of your loss. Lenny was such a good guy, full of warmth n laughter . I lift you up in Prayers, that our Heavenly Father will bestow His Almighty strength upon you during this grief. May He continue to Bless you and the entire Leavitt Families. In Jesus name..AMEN 🙏