Bill Leaman

William “Bill” Richard Leaman of Safford passed away on October 16, 2020, at the age of 86.  He was born on October 12, 1934, in Springfield, Missouri to parents Maurice & Josephine Leaman with siblings Betty, Barbara, Joseph, and Paul.

Bill joined the Army National Guard, 110th Combat Battalion in 1953.  He began working for Phelps Dodge Mine and worked as an equipment operator until retiring. He married Vivian and they were blessed with two children, Jim & Kimberly.  

Bill enjoyed fishing any time he could, but his love was his family.  He lived his life for his children and grandchildren.  He was a very faithful man and his favorite scripture was John 3:16.

He is survived by his son Jim (Diane) Leaman, his daughter Kimberly (Magnus) Ollick, his wife Pauline Noland Leaman, and his sister Betty Burkhart, seven Grandchildren, and eighteen Great-Grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his first wife Vivian J. Leaman, his parents Maurice & Josephine Leaman, his siblings Barbara Redinger, Paul Leaman, Joseph Leaman, and his great-grandchildren Christopher Morales & Gabrielle Tavison.

A viewing will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. followed by the funeral services at 10:00 a.m. at the New Life City Church with Pastor Phil Tutor conducting.  Interment will be in the Safford Cemetery following services.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory.  Online condolences may be extended at