Justin Richard Leach, 30, of Birchwood, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
He arrived in this world on Sept. 7, 1990, in Gainesville, Georgia. He moved to Michigan at the age of 9 months and grew up there until the age of 4 when his family moved to Birchwood. He graduated from Sequoyah High School in 2007.
Justin eventually went on to Chattanooga State Technical Community College and finished with a degree in diesel mechanics. Justin followed in his Uncle Vince’s footsteps and found his true passion as a sprinkler fitter. He received his bachelor’s degree and became a foreman in the profession.
Justin was witty and sarcastic. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always laughing. He had a big heart and was very protective of those around him. Justin loved anything and everything to do with the outdoors. He lived and breathed hunting and fishing. He also loved riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers and going mudding in his truck.
Justin’s number one joy in life was being a father to his two sons, Brayden, 11, and Mason, 9.
Justin is survived by his children: Brayden Richard Leach and Mason Edward Leach; along with his mother, Renee Leach and her husband, Shane Collins of Georgetown; his dad, Paul Leach, and his wife Charlotte, both of Utica, Mich.; and Tommy Hutchens, as well as his brother, Thomas Leach; sister, Krista Leach; and stepsister, Brittany Collins. He also leaves behind his maternal grandparents, John Vantiegham and Nellie Ann Powell; aunts and uncles: John and Bridget Vantiegham, Richard and Jessica Vantiegham, Dennis and Brandie (Aunt Bee) Bales, and Candie Vantiegham; niece, Anna Leach (princess); nephew, Thomas Leach Jr. (baby T); along with multiple cousins and friends.
Justin was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Deward and Joan Merriman; grandfather, Richard Powell (Papa Rich); uncle, Vincent Vantiegham; and close friend, Jason Pontes.
A funeral will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at the family’s property (known by most as “The Lake”), 2673 Brittsville Road, Georgetown, where Justin enjoyed spending his time and would go when he needed peace and quiet. Visitation will start at noon with the funeral to follow at 5 p.m. After the funeral, the family will proceed to the burial site at The Bales’s Family Cemetery around 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to a special account made for his boys at Bank of Cleveland. Donations can be made at Bank of Cleveland for “The Leach Boys” or Venmo @the-leach-boys.
We invite you to send a message of comfort and view the family guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com
Companion Funeral and Cremation Service, Cleveland Chapel is in charge of arrangments.
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