Marvin “Marv” Joseph Leanna, musician and Southwestern artist, died June 11, 2018, at his home in Sahuarita, Ariz.
He was born Jan. 22, 1941, in Woodstock to Robert and Eleanor (Lickman) Leanna. He graduated from St. Mary Catholic High School in Woodstock and went on to Loras College in Iowa and Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota, where he married Sally Tibbets in 1961, before beginning his work career for his father at Woodstock Heating Co. He later bought that business and spent more than 35 years serving the community. He was a member of the Woodstock Jaycees and Rotary, was active in PTA, and was on the Little League board for many years, as well as a member of Pastel Artists of America and a country-western band, PM Express.
He retired in 1998 and moved to Arizona, where he was a volunteer portraying a “padre” with the Los Tubaqueanos at Tubac State Park and the Tumacacori National Historical Park, where he served on various committees, as well as president of the Friends of Tumacacori for a time. Throughout his life he enjoyed gardening, artwork, and music.
He is survived by his wife, Nola Hoard Kruspig Leanna; his father, Robert Leanna, of Arizona; a son, Rob (Bridgett) Leanna, and two daughters, Kelly (Bill) Hallam and Shannon (Danny) Taylor, all of Illinois; a stepdaughter, Emily Kruspig-Church, and a stepson, Rich Kruspig, both of Arizona; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Daniel) Antczak, Josh (Mubu) Hallam, Jeremy (Catie) Leanna, Ali (Cody) Kunz, Sydney and Haley Leanna, and Sarah and Dominic Taylor; a stepgrandson, Timothy Church; three great-grandchildren, Summer Taylor, Zane Hallam and Emma Kunz; two sisters, Lorraine Menzimer of Illinois and Judy Tessendorf of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.
Marv was preceded in death by his mother and his sister, Juanita Ritzert.
A memorial celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Flores Banquets in Woodstock – the former VFW building, where PM Express played in times past.