Kendallville - TIMOTHY J. LEY (TJ) passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 24, 2020. He was born November 24, 1959 to Francis and Grace Ley at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated in 1978 from East Noble High School. On August 8, 1987, he married Jennifer Getts in Fort Wayne. Tim was a self-employed drywaller since 1982. He loved to hunt, fish, and golf, and always had a story to tell. He was always willing to help others and never met a stranger. He was involved in many hours of volunteering and also running the Jaycee Taco Booth at the Noble County Fair which would pay for the July 4th fireworks. For twenty years he set up and set off the July 4th fireworks at Bixler Lake in Kendallville. Tim was a member of The American Legion Post 86 Sons of the American Legion, a member of Kendallville VFW Auxiliary, and was their first president. He also belonged to the now defunct Jaycees and was awarded the Senate of Junior Chamber International, the Eagles and Moose Lodge in Kendallville.He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his mother, Grace Ley, of Fort Wayne; daughter, Melissa Ley, of Fort Wayne; Sister, Sandy (Walt) Kowal and brother, Mike (Lynn) Ley both of Fort Wayne; Grandsons, Kaden Martindale and Kaleb Martindale of Auburn, and granddaughter, Kayla Martindale of Auburn; Great-grandson, James Turner II of Auburn; Brother-in-law Vic (Corky) Getts of Fort Wayne and sister-in-law Carla (Dennis) Menerey of Carmel; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis E. Ley, maternal grandparents Harold and Clara Troop, and paternal grandparents Frank and Mayme Ley.
Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Harper Funeral Homes, Avilla Chapel, 530 N Main St,. Avilla. You are asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines while in the funeral home and on the parking lot while waiting to enter.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2020 at the funeral home.
Burial will follow in Covington Memorial Gardens – Ft. Wayne, IN
Memorials are to the Kendallville VFW Auxilary.
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