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LeViness Jr., 68
RAYMOND -- John Lawrence LeViness Jr., 68, of Raymond embraced the arms of his Father on Jan. 4, 2013.
He was born on Sept. 5, 1944, in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He was the son of John and Eva LeViness, devoted husband of Myra LeViness and proud father of John Lawrence LeViness III, Tammy Benson, Heather Steckino and Joshua LeViness.
He grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1962. His youth was spent scaling buildings, ice skating on the Bronx River and pestering his siblings. He had many interests including boxing, martial arts, gymnastics and harmonizing on the streets of New York with his buddies.
John devoted 23 1/2 years of his life serving in the Air Force, proudly upholding the freedoms of this great nation. He retired in 1985 as a Master Sergeant. During his service he was also the pastor of Heart and Soul Ministry where he baptized and lead many to Christ. He spent his life fervently spreading the message of God and prayed all would know of his saving grace. His wisdom of the Bible was expansive, a favorite passage of his wasÉJohn 14:6 'I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through me.'
After retiring from the Air Force he worked at the Maine Correctional Center and retired after 13 years upon which he devoted his life to his exuberant family's well-being. From him they learned the importance of courage, respect, love of country, family, friends and the Father.
He was an all around athlete and competitor. Many thought it was a great accomplishment to best him in a game of tennis. He love to golf, fish, garden and made a mean pot roast.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Eva LeViness; sister Carol Grimaldi from Mount Vernon, N.Y.; nephews, Michael Grimaldi and Christopher LeViness; and cousin, Martin Niskanen, who died in Vietnam in 1971. John is survived by his wife and four children mentioned above; his brother, William LeViness; four grandchildren, Mellissa Hury, John LeViness IV, Jordan LeViness and Emily LeViness; three great-grandchildren, Madison Hury, Sophie Hury and the soon expected John LeViness V; and nephews and nieces, Anne Marie Peter, Dawn Wilson, Johanna May, Cheryl Grimaldi, Billy LeViness, Stephen LeViness and Ernie Hayes.
Services will be held at a later date to be announced. Arrangements by Dolby Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be sent to www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations
in his memory may be made to:
St. Jude's Hospital
332 N. Lauderdale
Memphis, Tennessee 38105
John Lawrence LeViness Jr.
434 River Road, Windham
Dolby Funeral Chapel
434 River Road
Windham, ME 04062
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 8, 2013