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Obituaries

December 6, 2012

Gregory Thomas “Luke” Leyden

CHICAGO — Gregory Thomas “Luke” Leyden, 82, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Nov. 30, 2012.

He was born Nov. 12, 1930, to Lincoln and Catherine Leyden in Chicago.

Greg reminisced fondly about his high school days at Immaculate Conception. His athletic endeavors included football, basketball and baseball. Class reunions and friendships from Immaculate Conception lasted through the years.

After college and military service, Greg enjoyed great success as an accountant with both public and private corporations. He retired from Kay Ray Inc.

Greg cheered for his hometown Chicago Bears, Bulls, White Sox and Blackhawks. He also found pleasure in following professional golf as well as playing golf with other members of River Forest Country Club.

Greg was the loving husband of Betty Jane Therrien for 25 years and Lois R. Ruhlman for 31 years, both of whom preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Fred Leyden.

He is survived by his four children from his marriage to Betty, Kathleen (Patrick) O’Neill, Matthew (Deborah) Leyden, Karen (Chris) Olson and Mark Edward Leyden. He was grandfather to 12 grandchildren, Kelly O’Neill (Justin) Buck, Tracey O’Neill Schwab, Lindsey O’Neill (Robert) McGee, Katie O’Neill (Nick) Porcelius, Megan O’Neill, Shannon O’Neill, Daniel O’Neill, Kiley O’Neill, Lindsay Leyden, Matthew Gregory Leyden, Zachary Olson and Theodore Olson. His youngest descendants include five great-grandchildren, Reagan Buck, Sean Buck, Ryan Gregory Buck, Natalie Schwab and Blake Miller.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions honoring Greg’s memory may be directed to the Good Shepherd Manor, P.O. Box 260, Momence, IL 60954, or at www.good

shepherd.org.

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