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100 Bridge St.
Mifflintown, PA 17059
Phone: 717-436-6252
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Gregory Leitzel

Gregory L. Leitzel

Wednesday, October 1st, 1958 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Gregory L. Leitzel, 61, of McAlisterville, passed away at 7:45 PM on Monday, September 14, 2020 at his residence.

Born on October 1, 1958 in Lewistown, Mifflin Co., he is the son of the late James S. Jr. and Margie M. (McNorton) Leitzel

Surviving him are his loving wife, Judy K. (Kauffman) Leitzel at home; siblings, Thomas “Tom” Leitzel and his wife Linda of McAlisterville, Deb Regis of Sun City West, AZ, and Rich Leitzel and his wife Barb of Harrisburg; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step daughter, Angela R. “Angie” Stayer.
Mr. Leitzel was a 1976 graduate of East Juniata High School in Cocolamus and a 1980 graduate of Penn State University, University Park Campus with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Earth and Mineral Science specializing in Geology.

Greg was employed as an Engineer who ran a test lab doing core analysis for Exxon in Houston, TX until his retirement in 2013.

He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in McAlisterville. Some of his favorite hobbies included metal detecting, playing golf, and going to Penn State University for football games.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 420 Main Street, McAlisterville with the Rev. Allen Hulslander and Pastor Graham C. Fowler officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery, McAlisterville.

A Viewing will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral services at 11:00 AM on Tuesday at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Leitzel’s memory can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 420 Main St., McAlisterville, PA 17049.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Address
    PO Box 15
    MCALISTERVILLE, PA 17049
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
    Address
    PO Box 15
    MCALISTERVILLE, PA 17049
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    Officiant
    Rev. Allen Hulslander
    Co-Celebrant
    Pastor Graham C. Fowler
  • Interment

    Location
    Hillside Cemetery
    Address
    MCALISTERVILLE, PA 17049
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Tony Regis

Posted at 12:14pm
So sad that I could not make the trip for the services. When I got the news that my Uncle Greg had passed away, so many memories rushed over me. If you knew my uncle, you know that his heart was bigger than his smile, and his smile and laugh could brighten up the room. I just want to share a few of those memories...the rest I will selfishly keep for myself.

I remember being at grandma's house when Uncle Greg was leaving for a job in Houston. The whole family was so excited for him and he could barely contain himself. He had a sense of pride, accomplishment, and the excitement of the next chapter in his life and a new career. That night, when everyone had gone to bed, he stepped outside and stood on the patio. I was a curios kid so I crept into the laundry room and peeked through the window to see what he was doing. He was just standing there, gazing up at the sky, with that famous smile brightening up the night. He never knew I saw him, and I never asked him about it, because even as a young kid, I understood that was "his" moment.

It may have been that same trip to Pennsylvania but I remember Uncle Greg rummaging through a basement closet looking for something. I was sitting on the floor behind him when he pulled out a bag from his college days and started going through it. He turned around, again with that smile, and said "hey buddy...you ever seen one of these?". He slid a "magazine" across the floor to me. No, I had not. "Don't tell your mom and dad I let you look at that" he said. I never told my parents or anyone else. And I never will.

On another trip to Pennsylvania, I was exploring grandma's attic which was always a highlight of our trips. It was like stepping back into a long-forgotten time. The antiques and family heirlooms all had a story to tell. As I dug around, I discovered an old, dust-covered Middleswarth potato chip container. When I popped the lid open, my eyes almost fell out of my head. It was full of old baseball cards. Uncle Greg was already in Houston and we called to ask him about the find. They were cards from the late '60s and he said I could keep all his "doubles". When I got home with all those cards, I was the most popular kid on the block. All my friends were trying to trade for my new Hank Aaron, Rod Carew, and Tom Seaver cards. Even though some of the offers were hard to turn down, I never traded a single one. "Nope, won't trade it, my Uncle Greg gave me that card". The other night, when the news came in, I went down to the basement and pulled out some of those cards. This time, it was my smile that filled the room.

Wish I could have been there with all the family. I'm thankful for all the memories. I thank God that Uncle Greg was given enough time to share his life with Aunt Judy. I will miss our talks about Penn St. football and the Cubs and Astros. But most of all, I will miss that big heart and infectious smile. We love you and will miss you. See you on the other side.

Tony & Brenda
Abbie, Charlotte, and Evelyn


Pete Tinney

Posted at 08:38pm
God bless the entire Leitzel family During this most difficult time. Greg and I met at ExxonMobil, but our friendship did not begin right away. It was through a mutual friend, Larry Poore, that we met, through a common interest, of metal detecting. This was around 2011. We metal detected locally until I was able to secure permissions to hunt several properties in my home state of West Virginia. The properties bordered the area to where a battle was fought in the Civil War during 1863. The roadtrip here would be 1300 miles from Texas. Many conversations and time for bonding occurred from 2012 thru May 2020 when 8 trips were made. Greg absolutely loved this, as all of us did. Greg would talk about this trip months in advance. On one of our trips, Greg said, " you know that many men would give about anything to be able to metal detect a Civil War Battlefield area". This moment made the effort so worth everything. Greg, Larry, and I all became really close, and I looked at both of them as more like brothers. Greg was a " straight shooter", and I respected that. He was very competitive, intense, and focused. When one door closes, another opens. This open door has allowed me to meet Willy, Gregs lifelong best friend, and Rich, one of Greg's brothers. In April 2021, Willy will join us for our metal detecting trip in WV. We will hunt in Greg's honor. It's not goodbye, but " until we meet again ". I miss you, and love you, but will never forget you!
L

Larry

Posted at 07:12pm
Greg and I go back to 1988. I worked at Core Lab in Houston and he was my supervisor. We not only shared an interest in core analysis, but also music. Soon we started playing guitar and singing together. I'll never forget the first time i went to his apartment and he got out his Ovation acoustic and played Neil Young. We weren't that great, but we sure enjoyed it.

As I got to know Greg better, we discovered many more things we had in common...tennis, golf, cars, and eventually metal detecting. In many ways, I felt like Greg was more of a brother than a friend. In all of our endeavours, Greg was intensely competitive. His intensity and honesty kept things interesting and real. You always knew how he felt and it was often refreshing.

I'm going to miss my good friend Greg, but I am comforted by all of the good memories I have of our adventures as we went through the last 30 years.

My condolences to Judy and Greg's family. I'm sure Greg is with his mom now and we will see him again.
J

judeann1974@comcast.net

Posted at 03:39pm
I had the pleasure of spending time with Greg only 3 or 4 times when he visited Richard and Barb but each time was memorable. He was fun loving, inquisitive and had deep respect for his brother Rich. His love and caring for all his family members especially his mother shone through in his conversations. I was fortunate to have known him. His generous heart was an inspiration. He was a courageous lion king and fought with the spirit to never give up. Surely all his remarkable qualities will serve him well in his next life. My love goes out to all his family members.
Jude Ann LaVia
CR

Chris Rodriguez

Posted at 09:24am
Our prayers to all of you during this difficult time. Mom just adored Greg and I’m so glad we made our trip out to visit all of you last year! We enjoyed our friendship, conversations, meals, and sightseeing trips!! Greg was such a trooper and kept up with the constant action - a beautiful and most wonderful memory that will live forever in our hearts!! Much love to all!!
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