Clifford Elvan Leighty

Birth Date: 
Monday, February 3, 1936
Date of Passing: 
Friday, December 17, 2021

Wooster – Clifford Elvan Leighty, 85, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family Friday, December 17, 2021.  Cliff was born February 3, 1936, in Wooster, Ohio, the son, to George and Ruth (Bahl) Leighty.  He is survived by his wife, Virgina Lee (Wilson) Leighty whom he married on September 4, 1955.

Cliff was a 1954 graduate of Wooster High School and proudly served in the Unites States Army for two years from 1955 to 1957. 

Cliff was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church where he previously sang in the choir and taught Junior High, High School, and Kindergarten Sunday School.  Cliff was an auto mechanic and throughout his career, worked for, operated or owned a number of full-service gas stations in Wooster, a career spanning over a half a century.  Leighty Brothers on Pittsburg Ave., Leighty Shell on Winter Street, Leighty Gulf and later Leighty Citgo on Beall Ave.  Cliff retired in 2001, marking an end of an era – the closing of the last full-service gas station in the area. 

Cliff was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and always put his family first. 

Surviving in addition to his wife, Virginia "Ginny", and his children, Craig (Terri) Leighty, Curt (Susan) Leighty, Ginette "Liz" (Jim) Shields, Chad (Jenny) Leighty; grandchildren, Amanda Rooney, Andrew Leighty, Kathryn Kithcart, Kayla Schmidt, Bethany Kithcart, Alissa Brown, Krista Leighty, Jenna Leighty, Cory Leighty, Chase Leighty and Caitlyn Leighty; fifteen great-grandchildren; his sister, Eunice (Gerald) Yates.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Cory Fredrick Leighty, and his siblings, Robert, Wilford "Joe", Gerald "Nupp", Daniel, John, Thomas, Richard, Evelyn and Doris Leighty, and Miriam Terman.

Friends will be received from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday December 21, 2021, at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St. Wooster, OH, (Masks are Optional).

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am with 1 hour of calling prior to the service on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Marty Jacobsen officiating.  Burial will follow in the Wooster Cemetery.

Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, OH or Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com 

Memorial Contributions: 

Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, OH or Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Visitation: 

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday December 21, 2021, at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St. Wooster, OH, (Masks are Optional).

Service: 

11:00 am with 1 hour of calling prior to the service on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Marty Jacobsen officiating.  Burial will follow in the Wooster Cemetery.

Condolences

My condolences to all the family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Chad and Jenny if there is anything we can do please don't hesitate to ask.
Again so sorry for your loss, and prayers for you all

Ginny & family, our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. Cliffy, you will be sadly missed by all your friends who have known you from way back when we once were young.Your wit and humor along with your dear friend Bobby E. kept many of us in laughter for so many years. I miss the times we walked with you at The Gault Center just a few years ago when you kept us in laughter again. Rest in peace now wrapped in the arms of Jesus.So long old friend .

Thank you for your service. Condolences to the family.

So sorry to hear about the loss of uncle Cliff. We were all blessed to have that FAVORITE uncle & he sure was. I remember all the chuckle’s and smiles he so freely shared Heaven just received an amazing man. Comfort in knowing he has heard the whispers of “ Well done.. good and faithful servant!” May GOD’s love comfort each of you at this difficult yet rejoicing time.

So sorry for your loss.

My condolences to the family. I worked for Cliff at his Shell station when in High School. He was a great mentor and really nice man. RIP sir.

Mr Leighty was a kind and humorous young man whom I fondly remember at his service station on Pittsburgh Avenue when I was a paperboy through my collegiate years at Woo. I remember circa 1967 after filling up my 1961 Buick at the station, Cliff asked when I had last changed the car's oil; something I was not aware needed to be done. He put the car up on the lift and upon undoing the plug he commented that it was the first time he had seen "pudding" come out of a car engine. Without his intervention I would have lost my transportation back and forth to college and work and been resigned to using the "shoe leather express" once again. I often think about the good times had at that station and the funny conversations.
God bless Cliff and his extended family.

Oh, Mr Leighty, as one veteran to another, thank you for your service to our country.

My deepest sympathy to a special family.

Ginny&family sending my condolences I will keep you in my prayers

We are so sorry to learn of Cliff's passing. Through his life he left footprints of kindness, love, humor, and inspiration. Even though he is gone, I will look back and remember the bright trail of love and laughter he left behind for us to cherish. And none will ever forget his beautiful spirit and generosity.......... He will be truly missed.

Ginny, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I was so glad that I was able to see Uncle Cliff when I was back in Wooster this past summer. As a child, I was always excited when we would stop by at his service stations and I could wander around and see all the "neat" tools and equipment he had. I have many fond memories of him. We will miss him. Love Rick and Margaret

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Ginny. We enjoyed having you as neighbors. Cliff had a great sense of humor as well a great stories about growing up in Wooster. Gennie and JC Johnston

Chad, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family during this difficult time.

Ginny & family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories of Cliff bring you comfort in the days ahead. Condolences from the Beckler’s Shirley, Joel and Mark.

Praying for you at this difficult time. "Grieving" is for us..."Rejoicing" is for Cliff...he is with his Heavenly Father for all eternity.

We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Melissa Schneider Radich

So sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing. Certainly wish Bob and I still live there so we could have visited. I know how much you will miss Cliff and how sad you will get. So if you want to talk, I’ll be glad to just listen. Anytime you want to call I’ll be here. I am certainly glad you have so much family around you. That will be a great comfort to you. Take care of yourself…it’s important. Perhaps we will see each other again.

Cliff was always there for us. Always doing all he could to help us through this life.
Especially after dad passed away..Even though he was struggling with his health problems he still took time to
check in on us and offer words of encouragement. He didn't tell us how to live he showed us.

Ginny, Dave and I were so sorry to hear of Cliff’s passing. My memories were of him always smiling. You both were great friends to my parents and we are thankful they had you both in their lives. God Bless and take care. Love Lori

We offer our condolences to the Leighty family. My wife and I remember Cliff as a man who enjoyed serving others at his service centers. He greeted you with a hello and smile as if you were a friend, not just his customer.

I send my condolences. Am very sad to learn of the loss, but I am very thankful for all your family has done for people in Wooster. Much to be proud of, and an inspiration to live well. Am thinking of you guys often through the Holidays - wishing you comfort and peace.

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