LeRoy Bucy, son of LeRoy and Anna Bucy, was born April 15, 1930 on a farm northeast of Wolbach, NE. He passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 in Creston, IA at the age of 90 years.
He moved with his parents and twin sister, Leona, to a farm south of Benton, IA in March 1940. He attended the Benton School and graduated with the Class of 1948.
On January 26, 1951 he was united in marriage to Maxine Groves. To this union was born four children, Patricia Dianne, Jean Louise, Richard Carl. A daughter, Barbara Lynn, was stillborn February 4, 1956.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army in November of 1951 and served a year in Korea. He was honorably discharged in August 1953. He was a lifetime member of the Creston V.F.W. Post #1797 and a member of the American Legion Post 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 (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, WY, Jean (Bob) of Atlantic, IA and Rich (Judi) of Des Moines, IA; six grandchildren, Jamey (Chuck Park), Mike Barnes, Bud Bucy, Erika (Richard) Binns, Brandon and Tiara Downey and 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters, Janet (Mike) Lose, and their two daughters, Mackenzie and Morgan and Jennifer (Scott) Pederson, and her son, Nick; his sister, Leona, of Nevada, IA; sister-in-law, Louise Frost and brother-in-law, Dave (Betty Lou) Groves, all of Mount Ayr, IA.
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-laws, Tom Groves and Dean Frost.
Visitation was held at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a service beginning 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 17 at the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will be in the Benton Cemetery. Memorials are to the Benton Community Center and Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences may be left at www.armstrongfh.com.
I went to school with “Bud” from 5th grade to my mid-sophomore year. His twin, “Onie” and his wife, Maxine and I were school chums. He, Onie, Maxine, my brother Eldon and I were all baptized in a farm pond owned by his step-sister and her husband, “Chet” and Doris Jean Wallace.