James J. “Jimmy”, “Jim” Leytem

James J. “Jimmy”, “Jim” Leytem

James Joseph “Jimmy”, “Jim” Leytem, age 66, born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa, passed away peacefully in his home on May 7, 2020, of natural causes. To celebrate Jim’s life, private family services will be held because of the current gathering restrictions due to COVID-19. A celebration of Jim’s life for all of his family and friends will be held at a later date. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Jim was born on July 12, 1953, at Xavier Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. Second son, and the third of six children to his mother Lois Collette (Sauer) Leytem and father Nicholas Joseph Leytem.

He went to kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School, followed by an elementary school education at Nativity. He finished off his education at Wahlert Catholic High School.

He was married to his former wife, Leanne Hoffmann, on January 4, 1975.

After high school Jim took up a career in auto bodywork at a local shop before going to work with Mike Finnin Ford. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #421, where he served as a steward. He truly enjoyed his work with cars. Jim had several hobbies including watching NASCAR, anything to do with cars, ESPECIALLY MODEL CARS, and also enjoyed Phantom of the Opera. Jim was a proud AA sponsor. Jim was very meticulous and organized, always kept things in the original package. Jim always said he was most proud of being a dad and grandpa.

Those left to cherish Jim’s memory include,

his former wife,
Leanne (Robert) Kleiner, Glendale, AZ;

his children,
Carrie Leytem, Glendale, AZ,
Kristi Myers, Union, IA
and Kelly (Patrick) McDonald, Glendale, AZ;

his grandchildren,
Owen and Weston Myers and John McDonald;

his siblings,
Becky Leytem,
Terry Leytem,
Tony Leytem
and Tanya Leytem, all of Dubuque, IA;

his nephew and Godson,
Nick (Claire) Leytem, St. Louis Park, MN;

and his nieces,
Madelyn Leytem, Dubuque, IA
and Dawn (Chad) Christensen, Grimes, IA.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Colette “Letty” Leytem.

Jim’s family would like to thank the local AA group for all of their support and friendship and Jim’s friend Bob Schauer.


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7 condolences for James J. “Jimmy”, “Jim” Leytem
  1. Sonya Hudspeth says:

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Becky, you and your family have my condolences. May he rest in peace.

  2. Marge Clancy says:

    Becky and family Sorry for your loss of brother. Jim was a great man.

  3. Cathy Kopp says:

    So sorry for the loss of your brother Terry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Kathy Kaufman DeMuth says:

    Jim was a great guy and a lot of fun! I grew up on Wilson Ave. and walked to school with Letty. I got to know Jim more after we grew up about 21 years ago after being reintroduced by a friend. Sad to hear of his passing. Many laughs and good times

  5. Jack Ginter says:

    Sorry to hear about Jimmy

  6. J. Douglas Moes says:

    Eight years at Nativity and four at Wahlert. I didn’t really get to know Jim until Wahlert. He was a sweet, gentle man. We never did much together but I sure enjoyed his company walking the halls of Wahlert.

  7. Barbara Sullivan Woodward says:

    Becky, I am sorry for the loss of your brother. He was a good man.

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