LeRoy M. Spears, 84, of Shenandoah, Iowa entered into eternal rest on Friday June 11, 2021 at The Good Samaritan Society in Villisca, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Wade Brandt officiating. There will open visitation and viewing on Sunday, June 20, 2021 from 12:00 pm (noon) to 6:00 pm at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service. The family will greet relatives and friends with visitation and viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Sunday evening, June 20, 2021 at Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service. Burial will take place in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites accorded by the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88 Honor Guard. Memorials in LeRoy's name are being directed to the Shenandoah American Legion Post #88.
LeRoy Mart Spears, son of Arnold S. Sr, and Mildred (Mart) Spears LeRoy was born on May 14th,1937, in Shenandoah, Iowa. He passed away on June 11th, 2021, at the Villisca Good Samaritan Society in Villisca, Iowa at the age of 84 years, 28 days.
He graduated from Farragut High School with the Class of 1955 and while there was the seventh District Chairman of Farm Bureau for the Young Farmer committee. He farmed with his father and together operated a small dairy. He was drafted into the Army in 1960 and became a Drill Sergeant with the rank of E-5. He had an honorable discharge in 1962 and received the Good Conduct Medal. After returning home, he continued to assist his father with farming. They also started custom baling and combining, livestock hauling, and began a hog operation.
On August 3, 1969, LeRoy married Karon Millikan (married for 51 years). In 1974, LeRoy attended Veteran’s Farm School at Iowa Western Community College for three years. When his father passed away, LeRoy and his wife, Karon, continued to farm and run the hog operation for many years. LeRoy’s love for the farm resulted in him being involved in farming for over fifty years. LeRoy mentioned often how he loved the smell of dirt after it was worked.
After leaving swine production, he worked at several different businesses. He welded at Steel Fabrication and Diamond D Trailer Manufacturing for two years each. He was then employed at the Eaton Corporation for a short time before joining Wal-Mart, where he worked for twelve years. Leroy also served on the Fremont County Farm Bureau Board, the Fremont County Extension Board, and the Farragut School Board.
LeRoy loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and many friends. He enjoyed having the family home for the holidays. He belonged to the Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was also on the Acts of Love Committee at the church. While growing up, LeRoy attended the Congregational Church in Farragut, IA, and sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. He sang with the Plainsman, enjoyed assembling model cars, and working on his 1953 Chevy. He and his wife also enjoyed designing plates that they sold at Craft Fairs. LeRoy was known for being a jokester and always trying to coax a smile from everyone he met.
Preceding LeRoy in death were his parents, Arnold Sr. and Mildred Spears; two brothers, Arnold Jr. Spears (Darlene) and Eldon Spears (Marie); father and mother-in-law, Donald and Frieda Millikan; brother-in-law, Jack Millikan; niece-in-law, Dawn Millikan; and great nephew, Jeffrey Holliman.
Survivors include his wife, Karon (Millikan) Spears of Shenandoah; daughter, Lynette (Spears) Russell (Alex) of Firth, NE; son, Donovan Spears of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Saige Russell, Zayne Russell, Camden Simpson, Emma Simpson and Autumn Berry; brother-in-law, Jerry (Karon) Millikan of Red Oak, IA; sister-in-law, Marilyn Milikan; nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
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Shenandoah American Legion Post #88
1800 Elm St, Shenandoah IA 51601