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September 11, 1953 — December 26, 2021

Ronald I. LEITZELL, 68, of Scio, NY, died Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.

Born September 11, 1953, in Wellsville, he was the son of James and Irene Simbeck Leitzell.  On September 22, 1973, in Scio, he married the former Debra A. Bower, who survives.  A 1971 graduate of Scio High School, he was employed by Air-Preheater for 10 years until he started Leitzell General Contracting in 1992.  Ron was a 50-year active member of the Scio Volunteer Fire Company where he served as chief from ‘79-‘82 and a second term in the 80’s.  He was currently serving as president of the Scio Fire Commissioners.  He was a mentor for all the new firefighters.  When Ron wasn’t at the fire hall, he was spending time with his grandchildren who were his pride and joy.

Surviving besides his wife, Debra, are:  a daughter, Patricia (Sean) Haggerty of Wellsville;  a son, Jeffrey (Catia Ramos) Leitzell of Houston, TX;  two grandchildren, Gavin and Brielle;  three brothers, Rich (Jenny) Leitzell of Wellsville, Robert (Cindy) Leitzell of Garnet Valley, PA, and Dave (Faith) Leitzell of Tonawanda;  a brother-in-law, Daniel (Ann) Bower of Painted Post;  several nieces and nephews.  In additional to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Timothy Leitzell;  and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leon and Stella Bower.

Friends may call Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio.

Memorials may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 E. State St., Wellsville, NY 14895 or the SPCA serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.

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