Age 91. Passed away April 1, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Anastasia (nee Baboudis.) Preceded in death by sister, Nickie Dillas. Loving father of James (Christina), Kathleen Doher (Theodore) and Cynthia Lear (Alfred Jr.) He was a proud, cherished and much loved "Papou" of six grandchildren; A.J., Emily, Leann, James, Alexander, Daniel and Great-Grandfather of Emma.
Raised in Dearborn, MI, by his Greek immigrant parents, James and Anastasia Vayis, Leco graduated from both Fordson High School and Henry Ford Trade School. He was employed with Ford Motor Company while earning an apprenticeship as a machinist. He served his country in two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy during World War II and later in the Korean War. He was then employed by Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors Corporation, and was proud of his trade throughout a 40-year career. Leco was fortunate to have enjoyed 30 years of retirement and many sunny winters in Florida.
He will be remembered as a wonderful, fun-loving man and a great friend to many. Some of his passions included singing, dancing and for many years, running, which he began in the mid-1960's. He was a proud member of the Motor City Striders.
Visitation Monday, April 8, 3:00-9:00pm, with 6:30pm U.S. Military Honors, followed by 7:00pm Trisagion prayer service at Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 W. Six Mile Road, Livonia.
Tuesday, April 9, in state 10:00-10:30am at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 36375 Joy Road, Westland, until time of 10:30am funeral liturgy.
Luncheon will follow at Sts. Constantine & Helen church. A private Interment will be held at Woodmere Cemetery with immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Disabled Veterans Association,www.DAV.org