LeRoy Kelley, SalemLeRoy Kelley, 87, of Salem, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Sioux Falls. He was born Aug. 23, 1925.
LeRoy Kelley, 87, of Salem, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, in Sioux Falls. He was born Aug. 23, 1925.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Christ the King Church, Sioux Falls. A visitation will be held at 2 p.m. today at Miller West Funeral Chapel, Sioux Falls, with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. and a 7 p.m. Scripture service.
LeRoy was born in Salem to Steve and Margaret Kelley.
Upon graduation from Salem High School, LeRoy enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 15, 1943, and was later assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. LeRoy served with the 5th Marine Division in the Pacific, and served as a pharmacist’s mate 2/c at the Battle of Iwo Jima.
On Jan. 12,1946, LeRoy married his high school sweetheart and lifelong partner, Ruth Margaret Duxbury. It was a marriage that was full of love, laughter and travel, and to all who knew them was a real life love story.
LeRoy led a life of responsibility, generosity and compassion. LeRoy was an avid golfer, member of Christ the King Catholic Church, American Legion and the VFW. After leaving the service, he spent 38 years as an X-ray technologist at the VA Hospital in Sioux Falls. LeRoy was known for his beautiful soul, his quick wit and his melodic voice. His life was full of grand adventures and quiet strolls with his wife.
LeRoy was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, who was known for being quick to offer advice, a joke or a comforting hug.
LeRoy is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Kelley, (Sioux Falls); his two children Patricia A. Josten (David, Carson City, Nev.), Kevin T. Kelley (Phillip Rhodes, Melbourne, Australia); his three sisters, Joanne Kaskie (Sioux Falls), Doris Warner (Sioux Falls), and Juanita Kirby (Richard, Mitchell); his four grandsons Brett Jorgensen (Cathy Radel, Sioux Falls), Kelley Josten (Rebecca, Carson City, Nev.), Nicholas Josten (Vancouver, Canada), and Jonathon Josten (Lillian, Sioux Falls), and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Jeanne Rowcliffe and Phyllis Mueters.
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