Michael John Leth, a beloved husband, devoted father, cherished brother, and lifelong adventurer, passed away peacefully on June 24th after a long and courageous battle with Cardiac Amyloidosis. His unwavering strength and determination in the face of this challenging illness were an inspiration to all who knew him.
Born on a farm in Nebraska, Michael’s earliest years were filled with the joys of simple farm life, creating cherished memories that would forever hold a special place in his heart. He held an unwavering love for his sisters Jodell and Patricia, and his brother Bryan, all of whom survive him, cherishing the remarkable bond and countless shared experiences they enjoyed together.
Michael’s dedication to family extended to his beloved wife, Marilyn Leth, their sons Michael Leth and Bradley Leth, and his adored grandchildren, Alyssa and Mila. Together, they formed a close-knit family filled with love and cherished moments. His role as a father and grandfather brought him immeasurable joy, and he embraced it with unwavering love, imparting wisdom and creating lifelong memories.
In addition to his immediate family, Michael’s love and support extended to his son Michael’s wife, Ivana, who became an integral part of the family. He welcomed her with open arms and treated her as a daughter, sharing in their joys and accomplishments.
Bradley, Michael’s other son, found a partner in life with Sarah, whose warm presence brought further happiness and love into their lives. Sarah’s daughter, Adriana, became a beloved member of the family, and Michael embraced her as his own family.
During his younger years in Lake Worth, Michael’s passion for outdoor activities flourished. He thrived as a Boy Scout, embracing the values of teamwork and appreciation for nature. Exploring the great outdoors, engaging in forestry activities, and camping brought him immeasurable joy and left an indelible mark on his spirit.
Sports played a significant role in Michael’s life, starting with his high school years when he excelled in track and field, showcasing his remarkable speed and determination. Later in life, tennis became a recurring family event, and he eagerly participated, relishing the joy of friendly competition. In high school, he actively engaged in social activities, such as the glee club, channeling his love for music and song.
A significant chapter of Michael’s life unfolded during the 15 years he resided in St. Thomas, USVI. The island’s azure waters became his playground, and he embraced the wonders of scuba diving and the exploration of nature’s marvels. His love for the underwater world and the island’s breathtaking landscapes transformed him into a true nature enthusiast.
Throughout his life, Michael found solace in the melodies of country music. Weekends were often spent in the garage, where he would crank up the music, allowing the uplifting tunes to accompany his endeavors on various home projects. His positive outlook on life radiated through his actions, inspiring those around him to embrace each day with optimism and gratitude.
Michael’s inquisitive mind and thirst for knowledge led him on a remarkable journey of historical exploration. In his final years, he dedicated himself to researching his family’s lineage and penning his own memoirs, capturing the stories and experiences that shaped his life and those of his relatives. He further nurtured his passion for writing by engaging in creative writing classes, sharing his thoughts and creativity with others.
In his mature years, Michael found solace in the wilderness, embracing the thrill of hunting and savoring the freedom of riding his bicycle alongside his beloved wife, Marilyn, as they explored the beauty of Hobe Sound Beach. He also cherished his collection of ancient bottles, remnants of the past discovered during his dives in the harbors of St. Thomas. These centuries-old artifacts served as tangible links to history, sparking his fascination for bygone eras.
Michael and his wife Marilyn’s love story was one of a kind, a beautiful journey filled with adventure and shared moments that spanned a lifetime. It all began in Florida, where they embarked on their first chapter together, embracing the warmth of the sun and the joy of a simple life. However, their love for adventure led them to discover a new paradise in St. Thomas, where they decided to make it their second home. The island life offered them a sense of serenity, surrounded by crystal-clear waters and vibrant sunsets that painted their days with pure happiness. They raised their two boys in this idyllic setting, instilling in them a love for nature, family, and the beauty of the world.
Throughout their journey, Michael and Marilyn always kept the ocean close. Whether living just two minutes away from the sandy shores of Hobe Sound or embarking on Caribbean cruises to revisit their beloved island moments, they understood the profound connection between their lives and the ocean. Their love for the beach was not confined to Florida or the Caribbean alone; they ventured across the globe to experience the enchantment of Hong Kong’s magical island and created cherished memories while strolling along the beaches of eastern North Carolina with their beloved family.
Michael and Marilyn’s love and shared adventures formed the very foundation of their remarkable life together. Each experience, whether close to home or in far-off lands, strengthened their bond and created a tapestry of treasured moments that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to witness their love story. Their legacy of love, adventure, and an unwavering appreciation for the beauty of life will continue to inspire and guide their family for generations to come.
Michael John Leth will forever be remembered as a man who embraced life with unwavering positivity and a zest for adventure. His legacy lives on in the hearts of his loved ones, who will cherish the memories and lessons he imparted. As we mourn his loss, let us celebrate the incredible life of Michael, honoring his profound love for family, nature, and the pursuit of knowledge. His spirit will forever guide us, reminding us to embrace each day with joy and gratitude.
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