Bill Leake, longtime Vail Valley resident
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – William Edward “Bill” Leake Sr. was born in Arvada on Aug. 5, 1937. His journey ended on Jan. 25 at age 72 after a battle with diabetes and leukemia.
Bill joined the Navy Aviation in 1955 and married his childhood sweetheart, Karen, in 1956. He completed the military service and returned to Denver, where he started with the National Elevator trade, which lasted for 36 years.
Bill moved to Vail with his family in 1972. He was the first elevator technician living in the valley, so he had a lot of territory to cover, from Vail to Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs to Leadville. He retired in 1997 and later worked for the Eagle-Vail Golf Course.
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen; his daughter Katrina Leake and her son, Steven Leake; his daughter Laura Seidl and husband Andrew Seidl, who reside in Switzerland with their two sons, Kristoffer and Keegan; and his son, William Leake, and his children, Nicholas and Kayla. He is also survived by his sister, Phyllis, of Pueblo, and her husband, Gene Hoffarth.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Etta Leake, and sisters Betty M. Lang and Leola M. Perry Velasquez. Bill loved hunting, golfing, skiing, fishing and, at one time, water skiing. He devoted his entire life to his family. He was a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather and brother. Bill will be missed by all.
We will celebrate Bill’s life on at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Eagle-Vail Pavillion.
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