Elmore Leonard Funeral: Friends, Family Pay Tribute to Author

11:10 AM PST 08/24/2013 by The Associated Press
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"Justified" star Timothy Olyphant, who attended the service, said afterward that he "felt very blessed to have known" the writer.

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Friends, family and fans remembered award-winning crime novelist Elmore Leonard during a funeral service in suburban Detroit that was equal parts laughter and tears.

Son Christopher Leonard joked about the "biting sarcasm" that his father had genetically bestowed upon his kids and grandkids.

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Author, sports writer and friend Mike Lupica said Leonard himself would have appreciated the tone of Saturday's Mass at Holy Name Church in Birmingham.

The 87-year-old Leonard died Tuesday in his Bloomfield Township home from complications from a stroke.

His novels include Out of Sight, Get Shorty and Freaky Deaky. More recently, he served as executive producer of the FX drama Justified.

Show star Timothy Olyphant, who attended the funeral, said afterward that he "felt very blessed to have known" the author.

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