Alan Walter Leytham, 74, of State College, PA, formerly of Mifflinburg, PA and Woodbury, NJ went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 at Mount Nittany Medical Center.
Alan was born on February 16, 1940 in Newark, NJ, the son of the late Arthur Walter and Jessie D. (Dalzell) Leytham. On August 17, 1963, he married the former Janis Dean Bingaman, who survives.
Alan earned his B.S. in Biology from Bethany College class of 1961, and his Masters Degree in Biology from Syracuse, University.
Alan was a teacher of biology at Woodbury High School for 37 years where he inspired his students and was a role model to many. Students remember him for his wit, kindness, and generosity. In addition to his primary passion of teaching high school, he also taught biology classes at Rowan University, Rutgers Camden Campus, and Camden Community College.
In his retirement years, he continued to follow, with pride, the lives and achievements of his former students. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Northumberland, where he served as an elder, faithfully visiting the shut-ins of the church.
He was a former member and past president of the Mifflinburg Kiwanis Club, volunteered for the area Meals on Wheels program, and drove people for the American Cancer Society.
He was known to create laughter wherever he was, and was an avid history buff. His greatest joy was his family, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 51 years, are one daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Lance Royes of State College; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Lori Leytham of Pine Grove Mills; four grandchildren, Henry Royes, Mary Royes, Nora Leytham, and Aiden Leytham; and one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Meg Leytham of Montpelier, VT.
He was preceded in death by his son Scott Alan Leytham.
Visitation will be from 12 to 1 PM on Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 Queen Street, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, service to follow at 1PM, with the Rev. Richard Kellett and Rev. Rick Miller, officiating. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship and refreshments at the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alan`s memory may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Northumberland, 114 Queen Street, Northumberland, PA 17857
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