June G. McLeish


            June Gladys McLeish, daughter of Ervin “Fudge” and Verla Gager Timm, was born May 15, 1924, at Hawkeye, Iowa. She graduated from Hawkeye High School and later graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette where she earned her B.A.

            She was united in marriage with Charles E. McLeish. The couple farmed for many years north of Hawkeye, and June also worked in the Alpha and North Fayette schools, as well as Upper Iowa University.

            A resident of the Hillcrest Home since January of 2011, June’s death occurred there on Thursday, March 15, 2012. She was eighty-seven years old and had been a longtime member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hawkeye.

            June is survived by two sons, Charles McLeish of Waukon and Mark (Kim) McLeish of Sumner; three daughters, Lynda (Mike) Cich of Oak Grove, Tennessee, Heidilyn (Rory) Levitt of Hermanson, Oregon, and Heatherlyn (Ron) Lambert of Wabasha, Minnesota; two grandsons, Matthew Sands and Gager Levitt; three great grandchildren, Harlow Berkes, Sidney Berkes, and Braydon Berkes; two brothers, Dean (Marion) Timm of Boone and Veryl (Patsy) Timm of West Union; and two sisters, Peggy (George) Cabalka of Manchester and Joyce (Jim) Pattison of Fayette.

            She was preceded in death by her husband Charles, who died November 19, 2002; one daughter, Janilyn Welch, who died April 21, 2005; her parents; her step mother, Alice Timm; and three brothers, Gerald, Darvin, and Dennis.     

            Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner with Rev. Garry Birth officiating. Inunment will follow at Union Mound Cemetery in Sumner.  Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the funeral home on Tuesday. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.


Mike and Sandra Baldwin on March 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM said:

Verl, Pat and the family of June McLeish.
Sorry to learn of your loss. May the Peace of God be with you and your family as you morn this loss. We need to rejoice in all the memories and love that we can retain for ever. This, however, will never replace the presence of you Sister and Mother.
Sincerely, Sandy and Mike Baldwin
Patricia Eberhart and Sandra Neisen & families on March 20, 2012 at 9:29 PM said:

Cousin Barb was kind enough to email me and I called Sandy, I last saw June at Charlie's funeral that I attended with Barb and chatted with her and Helen and Nancy and Uncle Ken. She was so kind to my mom in the early years when Sandy and I were little, lots of stories Mom related about staying with them. I hope FAMILY can try to all connect other than times of loss like this. Prayers and thoughts with everyone who knew her...GOD BLESS>

Patti JO
Mac Curtis on March 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM said:

June was such a special person in my life that her passing leaves a whole that can never be filled. There's just no one else like her in this world. She took me in and treated me like a 2nd Mother and I've thought of her that way for 37 years. We stayed up until the early hours of the morning for years talking about anything and everything under the sun. She set the standard I base every moral decision on I have to make, the rock of our family, even the cook who I compare everyone elses fried chicken and mashed potatoes to. June was some lady! God I miss her.
Janie Kennedy (McLeish) on March 19, 2012 at 5:41 AM said:

I am sorry to hear that Aunt June has passed away. Too bad the family wasn't told and had to find out by accident in a newspaper.
Barbara Simpson Overmann on March 18, 2012 at 5:19 AM said:

Condolences go out to June's family at this difficult time. Charlie and June were my great uncle and aunt, and although we didn't keep in touch like we used to, I have great memories of them both from my childhood. I hope the family can now draw on their memories to get them through this time. June always treated us nice as kids and I will remember her fondly.

Granddaughter of Viola McLeish Wood,

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