Life Story / Obituary
Leon Petty, age 63, passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 peacefully at his home. He was born in Chicago, IL, on July 25, 1959, the son of the late Fred and Flora (Nee: McCray) Petty. Leon moved with his family to Racine and graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1977”. He was employed by General Motors Corp at the AC/Delco Plant in Oak Creek, WI from 1979 until 2007 when the plant moved and Leon retired.
In 1986, a young lady by the name of Marilynn Woods caught his eye and on August 19, 1989, her father the late Rev. E. E. Woods united them in marriage. That union lasted 33 years until his passing. In his younger years Leon enjoyed playing golf, but his passion was horse racing at various race tracks and off track betting, but above all he treasured time spent with his family. Leon was good natured, very generous, and will be remembered for his kind heart and beautiful soul; He will be dearly missed.
Surviving to cherish his memories are his wife, Marilynn (Woods) Petty, daughters Kayla Petty of Trevor WI, Sharhonda of Las Vegas, NV and Shakheirra of Racine WI; One son, Kendall of Green Bay WI; 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He is further survived by sisters Dorothy Jackson, Darlene Billups, Renee (Robert) Patterson of Racine WI, and Debra (Robert) Ard of Laurel, MS. Brothers, Douglas Petty and Johnny Roberts of Racine, WI and Ronald Petty of Minneapolis, MN; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Special friends Robin Wiggins, Darryl Scott, and Gregory Simmons.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Flora Petty, his brothers Curtis, Freddie and Maurice, and one sister Patricia; Father and mother in-law Rev. E. E. and Annie Woods.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, June 3, 2023, from 10:00 am-11:00 am. A funeral service will follow at 11 am with Pastor A. D. Malone officiating. Private interment will be at Graceland Cemetery to be announced.
The service will be live streamed and may be viewed by going to the funeral home website, select Leon's page, select service, and select live stream.