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Zygmunt "Zig" Lebiecki

Zygmunt "Zig" Joseph Lebiecki, 91, of Portage, MI, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Zig was born on September 27, 1928, in Battle Creek, MI. He was the son of Seweryn and Katherine (Hajduk) Lebiecki. As a young boy, he desired to go out and see the world and found unique ways to raise money to fund his adventures, such as raising rabbits. At 17, Zig joined the Navy, where he repaired sheet metal on airplanes. Recognizing the freedom and opportunities a plane could bring, he pursued and earned his pilot's license in the 1950's. His passion for flying, travel, and adventure led him to visit 49 states in the US, Central America, and Europe. One trip took him to the tip of South America and back. He worked at James River Corporation for over 25 years and retired as the Director of Maintenance & Utilities. In March of 1977, he started a new adventure — marrying his true love, Irene. The two enjoyed spending time in their pool with family, picking and eating raspberries in their yard, traveling to island destinations (their favorite being Kauai), and being actively involved at Southridge Reformed Church. Zig was notorious for cutting the tops off of Irene's freshly baked banana bread. When Zig was 50, he decided to pick up a new hobby, skiing, and spent countless hours on the slopes. Zig also enjoyed bowling, riding bikes, helping his family with various household repairs, maintaining a perfect lawn, and tending to the rose garden. Zig loved his family deeply. He happily taught them anything, spent countless hours cheering his grandchildren on at sporting events, and always had time to listen. He will be remembered for his generous spirit, supportive advice, hardworking ethic, faithfulness to God, sense of humor, and devotion to his family. Deeply loved, Zig will be forever missed. Zig is survived by his wife of 43 years, Irene; sister Donna Domack; sons: John (Cynthia) Lebiecki and Ronald (Tamara) Lebiecki; stepchildren: Robert (Pamela) Van Dam, Linda (Brian) DeDoes, Sharon (Bradley) Norg, Karen Pittman; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his first wife Ruth Lebiecki; sisters: Stella Bailey and Cora Sellon; brothers: Edward Grybos and John Lebiecki. A private memorial service will be held on July 31, 2020. Zig will be buried with military honors at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002 (269-344-5600).

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I will miss you dearly Grandpa. I love you Your Granddaughter, Karlee

Karlee Jul 30 2020 4:10 PM

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Jul 30 2020 10:40 AM

Grandpa, Thank you for the lifetime of memories. You were a kind and loving person who was always there to help when needed or teach me a thing or two. I will always remember the summer days at your house. Crunchy peanut butter sandwiches, and hand-picked raspberries. You taught me how to dive in the deep end of your pool, you let me play around on the piano in your back room, and you even helped me with a school project that taught me all about our Polish ancestry. And then there were all the little league games you attended, and the Christmas evenings at your house, and all the birthday parties and celebrations. This carried through to my adulthood and you were there for my childrens milestones and celebrations. Thank you. Im so lucky to have had a grandpa like you. I will miss you. Love, Lesley

Lesley Schofield Jul 29 2020 3:30 PM

Grandpa, I am grateful for all the times we shared together through the years. Thanks for coming to all our little league, hockey, and other sporting events, and, of course, always having a few dollars to spare for a pop and some candy at the concession stand. Among so many good memories, I'll always remember the many summer days we spent over at your house swimming in the pool, and the holidays at your home, spending time together, playing games, and unwrapping presents on your bright red shag carpet. Then a bit later in life when you drove me to my guitar lessons, which always gave us a good amount of time to chat and catch up on the way over. Thank you for being a kind, caring grandfather. And thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with me, and for teaching me things that I am still discovering you taught me to this day.

Justin Lebiecki Jul 24 2020 10:13 AM

Rest well in Heaven!

Cindi Jul 21 2020 10:25 PM

Father, sons, grandson and granddaughters...Smiles :blush:

Cindi Jul 21 2020 10:23 PM

Birthdays and Holidays!

Cindi Jul 21 2020 10:20 PM

All about those Grands!,

Cindi Jul 21 2020 10:16 PM

Baby whisperer :heart:

Cindi Jul 21 2020 10:13 PM

Big hands, even bigger heart for his grands and greats!

Cindi Jul 21 2020 10:12 PM

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