Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 2, 2012

Leroy 'Leslie' Haney


EMPIRE — Leroy "Leslie" Haney, 97, of Empire, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Leslie was born on Sept. 8, 1915, in Birmingham, to the late Leroy E. and Flora Belle (Bentley) Haney.

He married Elizabeth "Bette" I. Balsley on Sept. 26, 1936, in Detroit. They were married for an amazing 76 years.

Leslie worked in supervision for the iron and steel foundry industries for over 42 years. Eventually Leslie became a consultant for the foundry industry.

He was a member of the American Foundry Men's Society, a member of the Metropolitan Club of Southfield and served as a volunteer firefighter.

After his retirement in 1975 Leslie and Elizabeth moved to Empire and fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams of owning his own farm.

He was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church of Empire, a member of the Empire Lions Club and the RSVP's.

In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering in his garage and especially gardening at his farm.

Surviving Leslie are his wife, Elizabeth; children, Kurt (Sue) Haney, of Waterford, Pamela Haney, of Traverse City; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Lillian) Haney and Richard (Charlotte) Haney; and many other loving family members and friends.

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents; son, Allen Haney; granddaughter, Colleen Haney; and siblings, Edward, Alta, Margaret, Robert, Lloyd, Delbert, Velma and Carole.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, with a visitation one hour prior, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Burial will take place at the Empire Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church of Empire.

Please sign Leslie's online guestbook at