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John E. "Big Bird" Leisen

December 16, 1947 ~ July 9, 2016 (age 68)
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A candle was lit by Tina on July 18, 2016 11:33 AM
Message from Kevin Henderson
July 17, 2016 12:55 PM

John was such a nice guy. Took me to my first concert with Jeff - Metallica and Ozzy - and I thought we were the coolest kids there hanging out with Mr. Leisen and his friends! My thoughts and prayers are with Jeff and Brett and all of John's family and friends. Rest in peace.
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A candle was lit by Ilene Reimann on July 16, 2016 11:47 AM
Message from Albert (Uncle Al) Mc GARRITY
July 16, 2016 1:29 AM

It is hard to say Farewell to someone you have known for years. We over the years joked, laugh, and even shed a tear. All I can say may God Hold you in the Palm of his hand until we meet again.
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A candle was lit by Apryl schenning on July 15, 2016 8:45 PM
Message from VIRGIL WOODY
July 15, 2016 6:34 PM

My condolences to John' s family on the loss of a great guy.
I first met John in the Air Force at basic training. After that time we all went our separate ways for training. About 15 years passed and while working at United Air Lines I saw John again. Like everyone at United said, John always had a smile on his face and something good to say about someone. He will really be missed.
My prayers to the family,
Virgil Woody
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A candle was lit by John T. Patrone on July 15, 2016 2:11 PM
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A THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was ordered on July 15, 2016

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A MONET'S GARDEN  BASKET was ordered on July 15, 2016

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A candle was lit by Rich and Rita Mascolino on July 14, 2016 7:49 AM
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A candle was lit by Ken & Heather McGregor on July 13, 2016 6:26 PM
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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on July 13, 2016

With deepest sympathy from Maribeth 's family, the Andersons. Rlde on!

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A candle was lit by Jill Nowdomski/Joel LaMeer on July 13, 2016 2:41 PM
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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on July 13, 2016

Rest in Peace John thank you for your service. it was great to work with you at United. I will miss you Jim Mifflin

Message from Jim and Diana Hane
July 13, 2016 1:10 PM

Our deepest condolences to the Family and friends of John. He will be remembered as a man, a friend to all and a lover of life. I never knew him without a smile on his face or ill will towards anyone and one with a sense of humor second to none. You are with GOD now and forever. Peace brother!
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A candle was lit by chas b good on July 13, 2016 12:12 PM
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A candle was lit by Frank and Nancy on July 13, 2016 11:02 AM
Message from John (Rotton) Shannon
July 13, 2016 10:45 AM

Myself and my family have been most privileged to have know Bird for nearly 30 years. As we all know, he made each of us feel welcomed from that very first handshake. He engaged everyone with such sincerity & respect...and that grin - always - that grin! Our world was a better place with him and the memories we all share and cherish can never be taken from us. My deepest condolences to the family and to each of you, his friends.
Fly free Brother & watch over us... we love you man!
Message from John (Rotton) Shannon
July 13, 2016 10:45 AM

Myself and my family have been most privileged to have know Bird for nearly 30 years. As we all know, he made each of us feel welcomed from that very first handshake. He engaged everyone with such sincerity & respect...and that grin - always - that grin! Our world was a better place with him and the memories we all share and cherish can never be taken from us. My deepest condolences to the family and to each of you, his friends.
Fly free Brother & watch over us... we love you man!
Message from Sue (Marty) Lach (formally from 708 Maple)
July 13, 2016 10:13 AM

Sorry to hear of the loss of John. He will be greatly missed.
Sue
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A candle was lit by Joe and Alyce Whittow on July 13, 2016 10:11 AM
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A candle was lit by John "Rotton" and Peg Shannon on July 13, 2016 9:10 AM
Message from Dennis and Jeanna Kellerman
July 13, 2016 9:09 AM

We are sorry to hear about John's passing. Dennis worked with him on the ramp and I meet him at O'hare. John never had a bad word to say about anyone. Always had a smile and a wave or a hand shake. Leisen family is in our prayers.

Dennis and Jeanna Kellerman
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A candle was lit by Chrissy on July 13, 2016 7:38 AM
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A candle was lit by John and Michele Fillipp on July 12, 2016 8:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Clyde and Franny on July 12, 2016 7:42 PM
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A candle was lit by Heather, Andy and Zak Bauer on July 12, 2016 7:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Ms Tray on July 12, 2016 7:09 PM
Message from Ms. Tray
July 12, 2016 7:08 PM

Big Papa I'm heart is broken that you are gone. I will miss you so very much. You were the kindest, sweetest, caring human I have ever meet. You might of been old school but that heart of yours was pure gold! I'm so glad i meet you through your grand daughter G.
Message from Gary & Lisa Lyp
July 12, 2016 4:05 PM

To The Leisen Family, Our Deepest Condolences on the Loss of Your BeLoved John, I worked with him at United on the ramp but mostly as a Food Runner in the narrow-body Kitchen in the mid 80's and when he went to the widebody, We would drive by with our Trucks and All You could see is John's Big Smile and Big Hand waving as we passed, It didn't matter if it was the 1st time or the 4th it was just the same. He always had Good Humor and it was OUR Pleasure to be his Co-worker. Later we would pass by when his shift started and mine ended at Airfreight. I will keep You in my Thoughts and Prayers and that John is smiling down from Heaven with our Lord and Savior !!God Bless You with His Love and Healing !!
Message from larry stanley
July 12, 2016 6:50 PM

the one thing i remember about john was the time i had just off the employee bus and there came john pulling out of the employee parking lot he was was on his bike, he had the forks extended. his hair was long and he had on a pancho and a do rag ( what a guy )
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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent on July 12, 2016

Thanks for all of the good memories From Big Dave Willy

Message from Cathy and John Forde
July 12, 2016 3:20 PM

Just spoke with John a week or so ago, in Twin Lakes. Always smiling and had great stories of the city and his family. Our condolences to John's family, friends and all that knew him and was touched by his kindness and love.
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A candle was lit by Sam Immordino. UAL on July 12, 2016 2:06 PM
Message from Dave Lindgren
July 12, 2016 12:44 PM

Working with John at UAL air freight was always a pleasure, John was,is and always one of the good ones.
Keep riding the safer roads.
Message from Craig Toby
July 12, 2016 12:28 PM

Yes work with John at United was a great person. My sorrows and Prayers are with his family. He will be missed by all

Toby
Mesa AZ
Message from Tony Alessi
July 12, 2016 11:47 AM

John was a good friend and a good co-worker. I was very lucky to have known him for so many years. He will not be forgotten by me and he will be in my prayers tonight
God Bless John,
Anthony Alessi
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A candle was lit by Cindy Thommes-Silver Lake on July 12, 2016 11:36 AM
Message from Stan Lorenz @ Family
July 12, 2016 10:57 AM

To all of John's family, Our deepest condolences to the family, I was one of Johns leads when we worked at United, John was some one you really got to know for his personality was like glue, we sure had good times every time we worked together, we also at times would ride together in a car pool to work when he lived in Lake Zurich. We will miss him deeply as John was really a one of a kind and I enjoyed his humor and never had a bad word about him, may he rest in peace and I know John will say hello to my son Chris who passed in 2011, John knew Chris and they both had much in common. May you all know that he's now in good hands and will be missed by all.
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A candle was lit by Rick (RTP) and Gina Fitzhugh on July 12, 2016 9:55 AM
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A candle was lit by John, Kirsten And Jaelynn Geraco on July 12, 2016 9:43 AM
Message from Susan and Bill Ohm (Matthew Boos)
July 12, 2016 8:46 AM

Sending love, hugs and deepest sympathy to you Brett and your entire circle of family and friends. God Bless all of you.
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A candle was lit by The Zeczkowski Family on July 12, 2016 8:38 AM
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A candle was lit by Philip & Patti Fermo on July 12, 2016 7:26 AM
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A candle was lit by Joker & Cricket on July 12, 2016 6:45 AM
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A candle was lit by Jeanne Doyle on July 12, 2016 6:43 AM
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A candle was lit by Graham & Kathleen Mather on July 11, 2016 10:53 PM
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A candle was lit by Jeannine Peterson on July 11, 2016 9:57 PM
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A candle was lit by Melody Larson on July 11, 2016 9:52 PM
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A candle was lit by Susanne Pittelkow Briggs on July 11, 2016 7:59 PM
Message from Diana DeVries Mathes
July 11, 2016 7:31 PM

You were one of the greatest men that I've had the pleasure of knowing for many years. Such wonderful memories......I will miss your smile forever. Please tell Peter that I miss him terribly. God bless your boys and family. They are in my thoughts and prayers.
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A candle was lit by Diana DeVries Mathes on July 11, 2016 7:23 PM
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A candle was lit by Sasha Marie Tashoff on July 11, 2016 6:49 PM
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A candle was lit by Jim and Trish Trovillion on July 11, 2016 6:22 PM
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A candle was lit by Jim Jones on July 11, 2016 5:48 PM
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A candle was lit by Cheryl DeVried on July 11, 2016 5:39 PM
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A candle was lit by Lance DeVries on July 11, 2016 5:38 PM
Message from Mark Grossmeier & Tamy Hritz
July 11, 2016 4:29 PM

Met Big Bird at the Fox River Inn back in the 80's. Until a week before his passing we would run into him EVERYWHERE... Always with that BIG SMILE and a HANDSHAKE. Used to send him Summerfest schedules cause he couldn't get them in ILL. And there he would be. A BETTER FRIEND you couldn't ask for. Our DEEPEST CONDOLENCES to Johns Family. R.I.P. BROTHER
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A candle was lit by Jon and Rita Bucur on July 11, 2016 3:51 PM
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A candle was lit by Dana Gordon and Chris Springer ( Cooter ) on July 11, 2016 3:46 PM
Message from marsha and dennis robinson
July 11, 2016 3:31 PM

So sorry for your loss,praying for family!!
Message from KNUCKLEHEAD , WATERFORD.
July 14, 2016 6:10 PM

EVERY DAY I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU BUDDY!! I STILL DON'T BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE MOVED ON. KEEP IN TOUCH IS WHAT YOU WOULD ALWAYS SAY TO ME..MISS YA FRIEND.
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A candle was lit by Christine Kettner on July 11, 2016 3:21 PM
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A candle was lit by Bruce and Nanette Haase on July 11, 2016 3:15 PM
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A candle was lit by Barb Williams on July 11, 2016 3:15 PM
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