David P. Leitem, 73, of Butler passed away at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at UPMC in Pittsburgh, surrounded by his family, following a short illness.
Born Sept. 18, 1938, in Butler, he was the son of John W. Leitem and Genevieve A. Brandt Leitem.
He was a machine builder and worked for International Staple in East Butler from Jan. 3, 1956, until retiring Feb. 13, 2001.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy from June 19, 1956, to June 18, 1962. He was stationed in San Diego, Calif., serving in Alaska, Japan and the Philippines. He achieved the rank of E-4.
Mr. Leitem was a member of the St. Peter Roman Catholic Family Parish, Butler. He also was a member of the AARP.
He enjoyed woodcarving and belonged to the National Woodcarvers Association. In addition to his passion for woodcarving, he enjoyed painting pictures, particularly water colors.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Hemphill Leitem, who he married July 15, 1967, in the St. Peter Family Parish; a son, Christopher and Terri Leitem of Callao, Va.; a daughter, Amy and Jeff Scott of West Sunbury; a granddaughter, Alita Scott of West Sunbury; sisters, Hilda and Harvey Melchert of Plum/Pittsburgh, Helen and Tom Covert of Chicora and Rose and Tom Steighner of Chicora; brothers, Jack and Donna Leitem of Slippery Rock and Francis and Hope Leitem of Alabama; and a brother-in-law, Gary and Lynn Hemphill. Several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and her husband, Catherine and John Fallen; and a brother, Leo Leitem.
LEITEM - Friends of David P. Leitem, who died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at STEIGHNER FUNERAL HOME, 111 N. Main and East Slippery Rock streets, downtown Chicora. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. Peter Roman Catholic Family Parish, Franklin Street, Butler, where Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Francis Fugini and the Rev. Leon Leitem. Interment will follow in Hillview Cemetery, Kepples Corners.