LeRoy Bucy, 90, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Creston. Visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, with a service beginning 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, at the funeral home. Masks are recommended, but not required. Burial, with military honors, will be in Benton Cemetery. Memorials are to the Benton Community Center and Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.
LeRoy, son of LeRoy and Anna Bucy, was born April 15, 1930, on a farm northeast of Wolbach, Nebraska. He moved with his parents and twin sister, Leona, to a farm south of Benton in March 1940. He attended the Benton School and graduated with the Class of 1948.
On Jan. 26, 1951, he was united in marriage to Maxine Groves. To this union was born four children: Patricia Dianne, Jean Louise and Richard Carl. A daughter, Barbara Lynn, was stillborn Feb. 4, 1956.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army in November 1951 and served a year in Korea. He was honorably discharged in August 1953. He was a lifetime member of Theodore F. Martens Creston V.F.W. Post No. 1797 and a member of American Legion Post No. 70 also in Creston.
LeRoy was a farmer and later operated the Benton Service Station before moving to Creston in 1966. He was employed as a molder in the foundry at Hills McCanna — now Wellman Dynamics — retiring after 20 years in 1996. He later worked at Walmart for several years in various jobs but enjoyed his job as greeter the most. He lived in Creston until 2016 when he moved to an assisted living residence in Lenox and then moved to Creston Specialty Care in March 2019.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in the garden and old tractors. He especially loved spending time with his family and taking his grandchildren fishing and on vacation trips. One of his greatest memories was being able to go to Washington, D.C. in 2014 on a Veteran’s Honor Flight.
He is survived by his children: Patti of Riverton, Wyoming, Jean (Bob) of Atlantic, Rich (Judi) of Des Moines; six grandchildren: Jamey (Chuck Park), Mike Barnes, Bud Bucy, Erika (Richard) Binns, Brandon and Tiara Downey; 13 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters: Janet (Mike) Lose, their two daughters Mackenzie and Morgan, Jennifer (Scott) Pederson and her son Nick; his sister Leona of Nevada; sister-in-law Louise Frost and brother-in-law Dave (Betty Lou) all of Mount Ayr.
He was preceded in death by his wife Maxine in 2010; his daughter Barbara Lynn; parents LeRoy and Anna Bucy; parents-in-law Carl and Iona Groves; a half-brother Howard Anderson; two half-sisters Doris Wallace and Lois Spears; a step-sister Doris Anderson and two brothers-in-law Tom Groves and Dean Frost.