LeRoy E. Farley

IDA GROVE – Services for LeRoy E. Farley, 91, of Ida Grove will be at 10 a.m., Monday, March 1, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Richard D. Ball will officiate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Ida Grove. Military rites will be by McNamara-Moore Post #61 of the American Legion from Ida Gove.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ida Grove.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged, and social distancing rules apply during all services. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove is in charge of arrangements.

He died Feb. 21, 2021, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.

LeRoy Edwin Farley was the son of Frances Jerome Farley and Florence May (Edwards) Farley, born Jan. 14, 1930, in Manchester.

The family lived in Waterloo, where he graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in 1949. He then began working for Woolworth Department Stores, as an assistant manager, in Waterloo.

In 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and placed on active duty in 1952 through 1953. Upon returning from the military, he resumed working for Woolworth in Red Oak.

LeRoy met the love of his life, JoAnn Freeman, while working in Red Oak. They married Aug. 5, 1957, in Red Oak. While there, LeRoy and JoAnn welcomed three children into their lives: Kevin, Kim and Kristi.

They then moved to Racine, Wis., and made their way to Ida Grove in March 1962, where they welcomed two more children, Kyle and Keri.

While in Ida Grove, LeRoy opened the Five and Dime Store, before transitioning into men’s clothing, where he owned and operated Farley’s Clothing for 38 years.

LeRoy also enjoyed driving the school bus in Ida Grove for 17 years. He devoted much of his time to his community, serving on many committees and service organizations.

He participated in many beautification projects in Ida Grove, Historical Society, Knights of Columbus and remained faithful to his church, giving much of his time to others.

He was an avid gardener and always had a beautifully landscaped yard and vegetable garden. LeRoy was a man of great kindness, patience, integrity and compassion, who loved spending time with his family and friends.

LeRoy’s life will always be loved, honored and cherished by his family, which includes his five children: Kevin (Beth) Farley of Ida Grove and their children: Amanda (Neil) Carroll and Dustin (Brittney) Farley; Kim (Neil) Schumacher of Lincoln, Neb., and their children: Mandi Atkinson, Christopher (Jessica) Schumacher and Shawn (Chelsea) Schumacher; Kristi (Derek) Drury of Holstein and their children: Nathan (Alicia) Drury and Aaron (Elizabeth) Drury; Kyle (Cathryn) Farley of Kansas City, Mo., and their children: Austin Farley, Reece Farley and Ryland Jones; and Keri (Kevin) Weber of Ida Grove and their children: Kirstin (Brayton) Grote and Kylee Weber.

Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leon (Elaine) Farley of San Diego, Calif.; a sister-In-law, Darliss Farley of Waterloo; along with many nieces and nephews; extended family; and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years (JoAnn); his sisters, Dorothy (Carl) Deckler and Gertrude (Wayne) Sheppard; and his brother, William Farley.

Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com.