MICHIGAMME, MI. - John F. Leaf, age 56 of 314 W. Lake St. Michigamme, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota surrounded by his loving family.
John was born April 2, 1957 in L'Anse, MI to Mary (Gill) and the late Clarence Leaf. John graduated from Westwood High School in its first graduating class in 1975. John worked for Cliffs Natural Resources (CCI) for 36 years, working most recently as a machinist at the Empire Mine.
John was an avid hunter, he always looked forward to gatherings at camp on the Sturgeon River, and time spent with family and friends at his home he built. He was Mr. "Fix it" to many people in Michigamme and would always greet people with a hug. Shortly after graduating from high school, John became a member of the Michigamme-Spurr Volunteer Fire Department where he was a former Chief, he also volunteered as a First Responder. John enjoyed snowmobiling and coaching his boys in the Clarksburg Little League.
John is survived by his wife Kathi (Yelle) Leaf, whom he married on July 10, 1993, his mother Mary Leaf of Ishpeming, 2 sons: Davin and Dain Leaf of Michigamme, a step daughter Kristin (Zachary Sandberg) Granlund of Ishpeming, a sister Leslie (Craig) Johnson of Munising, a brother Dan (Laurie) Leaf of Chicago, IL, nephews & nieces: Rex (Trisha) Johnson, Cliff (Randi) Johnson, Alex (Sarah) Johnson, Sally Johnson, Patrick Leaf and Andrea Leaf.
John was preceded in death by his father Clarence Leaf and a brother Don Leaf.
John's family will greet relatives and friends from 2:00-4:00pm on Friday February 28, 2014 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home where funeral service will be held at 4:00pm with Rev. D. Michael Carriere officiating.
Interment will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery in Michigamme in the spring.
Members of the Michigamme-Spurr Volunteer Fire Department will be honorary pallbearers.
John's obituary may be viewed at bjorkand zhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.