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Jeffrey W. Leehe

Jeffrey W. Leehe

Jeffrey W. Leehe, age 64 of Elmwood, died Friday November 6, 2020 at his home in Elmwood.

Jeff was born March 16, 1956 in Racine to Robert and Patricia (Josrstad) Leehe.  He graduated from Racine Park High School in 1974 and always said playing football was the best part of going to school.

Jeff moved with his parents to Spring Valley to the Leehe family farm where is grandfather, Adolph Leehe still lived.  He loved the farm his entire life.

Jeff became an industrial/commercial painter from 1975 to 1990, working all over the United States.  A horrible accident on the top of the Chicago Post Office nearly killed him in the fall of 1980.  Jeff took a Carribean cruise in March on 1981 to do something different while he was recovering from the accident.  He was surprised to meet his future wife, Karen Pearce, as he wasn’t sure he was going to like the cruise.  They were married February 10, 1982.  They bought their home in Elmwood in September of 1982, where he lived the rest of his life.

Jeff began his painting/contractor business in early spring of 1991, Jeff Leehe Painting and Decorating, LLC and was still operating the business when he died.

He loved the Leehe farm all his life and was always happy to be on the land.  His dogs were very precious to him and he came to care for his cats very much.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Karen; his brother and sister-in-law, Allen (Mary Ann) Sather of Kenosha, two brothers-in-law, Douglas Pearce and Thomas Pearce both of Michigan; two nieces and four nephews and an entire horde of cats who really miss him.

Due to Covid-19, A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2021.

Online condolences may be made at www.rhielfuneralhomc.com

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Elmwood is serving the family.


  1. James Psiones

    Haven’t seen you in year Jeff but we have communicated through social media in recent years. All way thought highly of you and was impressed with your story. Rest In Peace! The way you respect life is to live it and you did.

  2. Bonnie Bouchard

    Karen I’m so sorry for your loss he was a great guy.So thoughtful , caring and very sweet man. My condolences on you and family!

  3. Dave & Val Nelson

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Jeff was such a nice man and he will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to you.

  4. Dutch Elbe

    Although I never really knew Jeff, well I would see him from time to time. But I would always wave or ask how he was. He was an extremely well liked and respected guy. Taken too earily in life. My condolences go out.

  5. Kimberly Hofacker

    To the Leehe family, our sincerest sympathy for the sudden and unexpected loss of Jeff. I do not know of a kinder man. He was a good friend to my father Jerome Hofacker and to my brother Larry. We pray that your family will be at peace knowing Jeff was thought of so highly by so many who had the pleasure of knowing him. With deepest sympathy, Kim Hofacker and Jim Messerschmidt

  6. Marilyn Fedderly

    So sorry for your loss of your husband Karen! Former Co-worker (Bank Mutual) Marilyn

  7. Dan and Jan Schuler

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. Jeff was a great guy.

  8. Margery Robole Ginsbach

    Karen, We are so sorry to hear that Jeff passed away, he was very well liked and a friend to all. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and the family.

  9. Dean and Linda Rambo

    We are thinking of you each day. Jeff was an important part of our lives and loved by so many. Numerous memories of times shared are held close.

  10. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Dean and Linda Rambo

    We are thinking of you each day. Jeff was an important part of our lives and loved by many. Numerous memories of times shared are held close.

  12. Vicki Tiseth

    I am sorry you are grieving. Jeff and I shared a love for Newfies - I am sure he is receiving lots of doggy love in Heaven and catching up with all of our forefathers.
    May you find some comfort in that knowledge during this difficult time.
    Many blessings,
    Vicki Leehe Tiseth

  13. kathi jensen

    My deepest sympathy. Jeff was such a nice guy.

  14. Jeff Bock

    My sympathies to the Leehe Family. Jeff was a good person.

  15. Barb Helland

    Jeff will be missed. He had become a good friend. Sympathy to you Karen and don't hesitate to call us at the exchange if we can be of any assistance.

  16. Sandra Hinzman- Scott and Angie Hunter

    Jeff will be missed a great deal - great person who would do anything for anyone - Now he is at rest with Robert , Pat and His Dogs-

  17. Robert Gary Freiberg

    Jeff will be missed by so many. I first met him when he was about 4 months old. Stayed with him in Racine when his mom had to visit Allen in the hospital. He was always special to me. Wishing you God's Peace. Love and Hugs to you.

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