On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Dale Allan Leighty passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Dale was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 25, 1930 to the late John and Athol (Hartman) Leighty. On July 18, 1969, Dale married the love of his life, Deborah Jean Atkins. Together they raised three children.
Dale was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and served in Okinawa during the Korean War. While there, he was valued as a clerk typist because he could type 90 words per minute.
He worked in the banking industry in southwest Michigan for more than thirty years and in 1995 retired from Chemical Bank, where he was the assistant vice president. Throughout his life, music was his favorite hobby. He taught himself to play piano by ear, and he enjoyed singing in various musical groups, including several barbershop quartets.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents John and Athol; sister, Mary and son, Jeffery. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; son, Christopher of Bridgman, MI; daughter, Sara (Chad) of Sawyer, MI and grandchildren.
No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled. Memorials can be made to Caring Circle of Lakeland.
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