Wesley John Leffert, born March 19, 2011, beloved son of Matthew Leffert and Rena Leffert, went home to be with Jesus while lying in the arms of his mother after spending his last days surrounded by family and friends on Nov. 22, 2021. 

He was 10 years, 8 months and 3 days old. 

Wesley was brave beyond words, enduring more in his short life than many of us will in a lifetime.

His strong spirit, infectious excitement, joyful smile, big personality and love of family made a lasting impression on everyone who knew him. He was full of courage and easy to love. A superhero for the ages.

Diagnosed at 4 years old with the genetic disease Mucopolysaccharidosis type 2-Hunter Syndrome, Wesley lived and fought for life with a warrior’s heart.  

Most of Wesley’s care was at home. He received great medical care through Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Circle of Life Hospice. 

Wesley loved spending time with family and friends, riding on tractors, lawn mowers and ATV’s. 

His favorite sport was basketball and he loved shooting hoops. He still loved playing catch or “roll” as his disease progressed. He loved Thomas the Train, Paw Patrol and Mickey Mouse.

Wesley accomplished much in his life.

He was the inspiration behind Wesley’s MPS Warriors, raising awareness for Hunter Syndrome; his family was active in the National MPS Society. He rode on the A&M Railroad, played one season of baseball as a “Ray” for Miracle League. Northwest Arkansas Kickball League gifted a trip to Thomas Land in Massachusetts.  

Wesley received a Make A Wish gift: a Polaris Sportsman XP 4-Wheeler, which he rode faithfully in his yard. Front Row Foundation sponsored a trip to see Paw Patrol Live. He was the honored guest at a motorcycle ‘parade’ by The Boyz from Illinois motorcycle group. 

Wesley is survived by his parents and sister, Ava Margaret; his grandparents Brian and Paula Leffert and Gary and Maggie Ciocco and great-grandmother Peggy Ciocco;  Aunts Julianne (and Johnny) Hawthorne, Danielle (and JJ) Sanders; Uncles Andrew (and Gracelynn) Ciocco, and Aaron Ciocco; Great-Uncle Bill (and Christine) Ciocco and Great-Aunt Vicki Wyatt; Cousins Crystal (and Aaron) Oatley, Patrick Oatley, Brian Leffert and Everly Sanders. And many other great aunts, uncles and cousins. 

He was recently preceded in death by his Great-Aunt Sondra Suzanne Reinhardt. 

A memorial service for Wesley will be held Saturday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. at Living Springs Community Building (Prayer Lake, Kingston). Address:  188 Madison 3180.