Katherine E. Leyder


REED CITY — Katherine E. Leyder, 96, of Reed City, passed away on Sunday, Nov.  27, 2016, at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.

Mrs. Leyder was born on June 11, 1920, in Middle Branch Township in Osceola County, to William and Crystal (Beebe) Bigford. She married Kenneth C. Leyder on Nov. 8, 1938, in Marion, and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2006. Katherine and Kenneth moved from Hartwick Township to Lincoln Township in 1973. She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Cadillac. Katherine enjoyed her yard, gardening and crocheting.

Mrs. Leyder is survived by her son, Curtis (Judy) Leyder, of Marion; four grandchildren, Scott (Jenelle) Leyder, of Evart, Kendall (Katie) Leyder, of Evart, William (Kristina) Leyder, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Rebekah (Jonathan) Bibbs, of Brighton; 10 great-grandchildren; her sister, Cindy Frese, of Lansing; her brothers, William Bigford, of Portland, Mich., and Gale Bigford, of Lyons; and many nieces and nephews.

Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, William and Crystal Bigford; her husband, Kenneth C. Leyder; four sisters, Lillian, Donna, Phyllis and Faye Ann; and three brothers, Rex, Ernest and Guy.

Funeral services for Katherine Eva Leyder are at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, with the Rev. Donald Sparks officiating. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Mrs. Leyder will be laid to rest next to her husband in Greenwood Cemetery in Marion Township in Osceola County.