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Leon G. Reilly
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Mr. Leon G. Reilly was born June 30, 1930 to Isabell and Frank Reilly. He married Geraldine Schmidt on November 14, 1952. She predeceased him in February 1999. He was also predeceased by his father and mother Harry and Isabell Holmes along with sister’s Grace Berry and DeLores Easter and brother Duane Reilly. He is survived by 6 children – Leann Olsen (Jay), Pat Hoist (Ivan Jr.), Leon Reilly II (Lori), Penny Weiler, Duane Reilly, Bryan Reilly (Emily Heck). Also surviving him are 10 Grandchildren – Charles Helmka Jr., Mike Helmka (Jennifer), Jennifer Hall (Sean), Ivan Hoist III, Shannon Watson, Scott Weiler, Christopher Weiler (Chastity Schneider), Amanda Shores (Benjamin), Sean Reilly and Sara Reilly. He had 13 Great Grandchildren – Nicholas Hoist, Colby Helmka, CJ Cerrella, Avery Helmka, Emily Hall, Elyssa Hall, Devin Facundo, Londynn Facundo-Hoist, Patrick Watson, Gabrielle Weiler, Cylus Weiler Charlotte Weiler and Brady Shores. He is also survived by a sister Carolyn Lynch (Bob) and a brother Wayne Holmes (Diane) along with nieces and nephews.

As a child Leon would be remembered sitting on the fence across from Visitation Church where he sometimes attended. Throughout his life Leon enjoyed boxing for the Golden Gloves, playing softball, fishing in White River, Canada, sitting in the garage at home with friends and having a beer. Leon retired in 1997 from Farmer Peet’s after 38 years as a meat cutter. He liked playing competitive bean bag (Reilly's Rules) and poker with family and friends. Leon had an inventive spirit and was always trying to create things which included beer can air planes. He made boxes to fit items every Christmas (a talent inherited by his daughter Leann). He was a member of the Bay City Eagles Aries 1010 and the Moose Lodge #169. People will remember his love of Halloween and other special holidays. Walleye fish fries were an annual treat for many years. Leon always had a full candy drawer for adults and kids alike. All the kids enjoyed a chance at the “money jar” he kept.

Funeral Service will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Trahan Funeral Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Charles Campbell. Private interment will be in Elm Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Visiting hours will be on Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday after 11:00 a.m. at the Trahan Chapel. For on-line sentiments:

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2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Trahan Funeral Chapel

256 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708





12:00 PM
Trahan Funeral Chapel

256 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708

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Elm Lawn Cemetery

300 Ridge Road
Bay City, MI 48708

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