Matthew Leaym

November 29, 1987 - June 30, 2017
Kingsley, MI

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Matthew “Matt” James Leaym passed away suddenly on June 30, 2017 in Kingsley, MI. He was 29. He was born in Traverse City, Michigan on November 29, 1987 to his parents Clayton Arnold Leaym and Ruth Ellen (Harrigan) Leaym.

Matt could often be found outside camping, hiking, traveling, snowboarding, working in the garden, playing disc golf, or spending time with his family and friends. Family was very important to Matt, especially his best buddy Roxy, his dog. Matt will be missed by family and the people who loved him most.

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I’m following the path God has laid you see.

I took His hand when I heard him call

I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day

To laugh, to love, to work, to play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way,

I found that peace at the close of the day.

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,

Oh yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,

God wanted me now; He set me free.

-Author Unknown

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 NKJV

To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,

And a time to die;

A time to plant,

And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill,

And a time to heal;

A time to break down,

And a time to build up;

A time to weep,

And a time to laugh;

A time to mourn,

And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones,

And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace,

And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain,

And a time to lose;

A time to keep,

And a time to throw away;

A time to tear,

And a time to sew;

A time to keep silence,

And a time to speak;

A time to love,

And a time to hate;

A time of war,

And a time of peace.

What profit has the worker from that in which he labors? I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

He is survived by his parents Clayton Arnold Leaym and Ruth Ellen (Harrigan) Leaym, his grandfather Bud Powell, his brothers Chadam (Danielle) Brown-Michigan, Clay Leaym-Texas, his sisters Jennifer (Joe) Manville-Michigan and Lynnette (Tim) Snyder-Michigan, plus his many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents Ernest James Harrigan and Allene Powell, and Donald and Marge Leaym, uncle Donald (Butch) Leaym Jr. and his best friend Becca Westmaas.

Private family services will be held. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to sign the guest book and share your thoughts and memories with the family. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.