At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Amaya’s life fund
Life Story / Obituary
Timothy Wade Leach (aka “Slick”), aged 58, of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 31, 2020 while in the comfort of his home and in the company of his daughter. Tim had a short yet aggressive battle with cancer and is now at rest. He was born in 29 Palms, California on May 30th, 1962 to Kenneth and Mary Leach. Tim is preceded in death by his father Kenneth and his infant sister Tracy Lorraine. He is survived by his daughter Nicole LaRae, granddaughter Amaya LaRae, mother Mary (Carl) Briggs as well as by his siblings, Theresa Bagley, Kenneth (Deanna) Leach Jr., Mandy Prange, Mark (Valerie) Prange and Tena Prange. As a child, Tim was an early earner. He delivered newspapers so he could have his own money. Also adventurous, he once bought a unicycle and taught himself to ride it. He liked to play board games and cards but really disliked losing! So focused, even as a young boy. Tim was a kind and responsible soul. He was a Harley man, keeping his bikes in pristine condition - most currently, his 100th Anniversary Edition of the HD Heritage Springer. He was an extremely supportive father and grandfather, taking an interest in all of his daughter and granddaughter’s hobbies and projects. Tim always showed up for them in every single way, they were the lights of his life. He was also a loyal friend, reliable brother, and loving son and uncle. He loved birthdays and holidays as he was a very thoughtful gift giver - always on the lookout for something special for the people in his life. A lover of rock and roll, he enjoyed concerts with his friends and with his daughter and found joy discovering new music. You could often find him at biker events including the annual Muskegon Bike Time or Bike Nights at Grand Rapids Harley. He worked as a tool and die journeyman and technician for many decades and took great pride in his work. He rarely took time off but when he did, he loved to travel out west - particularly to Nevada. Tim lived by the mantras “keep it simple” and “now that’s Slick!” Feel free to adopt these as you remember him. Private Funeral Services with interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens have been scheduled with a Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a future date. Tim wished to make sure the loved ones left behind in this wake of loss are cared for. So, per his request we humbly ask that in lieu of flowers, all gifts in his memory be made to his granddaughter Amaya’s life fund. http://slickleach.mydagsite.com/. To share a memory or sign the online register book, please visit www.heritagelifestory.com.