William Barton Leaver, age 68, of Newaygo passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at his home with his family by his side following a journey with cancer. Bill was born on December 26, 1951, in Fremont to Jack B. and Norma (Johnson) Leaver and married Jeanne Petz on July 13, 1996, at the Newaygo Congregational Church United Church of Christ. Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling but most of all Bill cherished spending time with his family. Bill was a member of the Newaygo Congregational United Church of Christ.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne; son, Abe Leaver and his children, Tara (Kyle) McAlpine and daughter Lucy, Madison Leaver, and Peyton Leaver of St. Clair; daughter, Rylee (Jason) Beauvais and their girls Ella and Abby of Grand Rapids; daughter Anna (Paul) Papes and their children Aaron, Elijah, and Milan of Belmont; son, Mack (Susie) Adama of Grand Rapids; and daughter, Emily (Terrence) Campagna and their son Therrien of Ann Arbor; father, Jack Leaver Sr. of Fremont; brothers and sisters, Kathy (Roger) DeKuiper of Holland, Jan (Jim) Hoffman of Fremont, Jack (Vonni) Leaver of Grand Haven, and Mike (Hank Mausolf) Leaver of Grand Rapids; many nieces, nephews, colleagues, and special friends. He was preceded by his mother Norma Leaver.
Private services will be held at a later time. For a more lasting memorial, friends are asked to consider the William and Jeanne Leaver Fund at the Fremont Area Community Foundation to support children in the community. Friends may share memories and condolences with the Leaver family online at www.crandellfh.com. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID restriction, many were not able to say good-bye to Bill. If you would like to send a personal letter or message to Bill to go with him, you may mail them to Crandell Funeral Home PO 148 Fremont, MI 49412. A recorded eulogy for Bill will be attached to this page in the near future. The family would like to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.