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John G. Leveling

June 25, 1938 - March 20, 2018

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: April 7, 2018

John G. Leveling, 79 of Swansea, Illinois, born Saturday, June 25, 1938, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

John was a retired pressure cast molder and spent the last years of his career, working at his brother’s company, O’Fallon Pressure Cast, O’Fallon, IL.  He was a member of the Cathedral of Saint Peter Parish for almost 55 years.  During those years, he served as a member of the Pre-Cana team, and each Summer he could be found working the hamburger stand at the parish’s Summerfest.  In his earlier years, he was a member of the United States Army Reserves.

John was a simple person who enjoyed dancing, woodworking, bowling, fishing, lotto tickets, rollercoasters and the outdoors, but his greatest love and devotion was for his family.  He was a dedicated husband, dad and grandpa, and he always put his family first above all else.   He spent his life supporting his daughters in all of their many activities over the years.  He loved being a grandpa and enjoyed entertaining the grandkids with his silly antics.  He was especially known for his funny quips and comments always accompanied by his signature grin.  He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Father: Joseph H. Leveling, Sr.
  • Mother: Frances (nee Haberl) Leveling
  • 2 Grandsons
    • Michael Collier
    • Christopher Collier
  • 2 Brothers
    • Joseph Jr. (Nancy) Leveling
    • James (Peggy) Leveling
  • 2 Sisters
    • Mary (Tom) Moll
    • Kathy (George) Coughlin
  • Sister-in-Law: Rita Leveling
  • Nephew: Brent Leveling

Surviving are his:

  • Wife of 54 years: Joan A. Leveling, nee Bauer
    • whom he married on September 2, 1963 at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Belleville, Illinois;
  • 3 Daughters
    • Laura (Ron) Kraus of Fenton, MO
    • Diane (Clinton) Collier of Smithton, IL
    • Michelle (Greg) Wilson of O’Fallon, IL
  • 6 Grandchildren
    • Caroline Kraus
    • Catherine Kraus
    • Craig Collier
    • Kristen Collier
    • Madalyn Wilson
    • Devin Wilson
  • 2 Brothers
    • Raymond (Carolyn) Leveling of O’Fallon, IL
    • Norman (Tina) Leveling of O’Fallon, IL
  • Sister: Carol Ann (Duane) McClanahan of Dupo, Illinois
  • Sister-in-law: Mary (Herman) Bauer of Belleville
  • Many nieces and nephews

Memorials:  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Washington University in memory of John Leveling, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology (for Parkinson’s Research) Attn: Zach Silvers, Medical Alumni and Development, CB 1247, 7425 Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63105, Evelyn’s House (a BJC hospice facility) 1000 N. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 or Cathedral of Saint Peter Parish, Belleville, IL.

Visitation: Visitation from 9:00 am – 10:30 am Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Cathedral of Saint Peter, Belleville, IL

Funeral:  Mass of Christian burial Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:30 at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.  Private family interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, Illinois at a later date.