Joseph “Joe” Paul Lekites passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 21st, 2022 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.
Joe was born on October 3rd, 1958 in Lowell, Massachusetts to his parents Robert and Jan Lekites (Doherty). In addition to his parents, Bob and Jan, Joe is survived by his loving wife Donna Lekites (Morton), son Joel (aka Jose) and wife Jessie Lekites (Dowd) of Wylie, TX, son Jared and husband Wesley Lekites of Edmond, Oklahoma, and his four adoring grandchildren, (AKA the quadruplets- The J Crew) June “Junie Boonie”, Jamison “Mae Mae”, Joseph “Jose” and Jaclyn “Jac Jac Smack Smack”. Joe is also survived by his brother, Robert L. Lekites Jr. and his wife Edie, sisters Nancy Boucher (Lekites) and husband Paul, Kerry Cregg (Lekites) and her husband Robert, Suzanne Ricoy (Lekites) and her husband Jim as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his youngest brother Timmy Lekites (2022) and his sister Amy Lekites (1986) and his father-in-law James C. Morton (2021).
Joe grew up in the Centralville neighborhood of Lowell, Massachusetts where he was the fourth of seven children. He married his wife Donna of over 40 years on May 17th, 1980. Joe worked in the construction industry in Massachusetts before transitioning to his most important role of being “Mister Mum” to his two sons and Caretaker to his elderly father-in-law, “Mr. Morton” until 2021. Over the years, the family relocated to Yorba Linda, California, Westfield, New Jersey, Missouri City, Texas, and settled in Edmond, Oklahoma. Joe loved living in his wide-open neighborhood (Orchard Hill) where he was the unofficial “ambassador” to everyone. Joe was loved by and connected with all people and was described by his neighbors as a wonderful character who was kind, helpful, and friendly. Joe treasured his deep family ties and kept in close contact with each of his siblings, his beloved parents, his sons, and their families no matter the distance. Joe loved mowing his yard on his John Deere tractor, working around the house, and keeping his home in meticulous order, as only Joe could do. Joe’s passing leaves a larger-than-life void that will be impossible to fill for his family and friends, especially his devoted wife Donna.
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