LeRoy Crook 1919-2009
(Raymond)?LeRoy Crook, 90, of Emmetsburg passed away Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, at the Emmetsburg Care Center, Emmetsburg.
Funeral service for LeRoy Crook will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Holy Family Church in Emmetsburg. Father Clem Currans will officiate.
Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Emmetsburg.
Visitation will be today, Thursday, Aug. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6 p.m. and a Parish Vigil at 7 p.m.
LeRoy was born in Streater, IL, on Feb. 2, 1919, to Roy and Mertyl Crook. The family moved to Iowa when LeRoy was three weeks old. He attended country school through the eighth grade.
LeRoy and Irene Crook were married April 24, 1940. LeRoy worked most of his early life on the farm. When he moved to Emmetsburg his first job was with Middleton’s Lumber Yard. He then worked at the Emmetsburg Rendering Works for 18 years, and then to his most favorite job, the custodian for Emmetsburg Middle School. LeRoy was a “people” person and was constantly surrounded by his many friends while he worked there. He retired after more than 20 years of service with the school system, but stayed in constant touch with his many friends.
LeRoy’s biggest fear was that he might in some way hurt someone’s feelings, anyone’s, and that they may not like him. That never, ever happened.
LeRoy and Irene Crook lived life to the fullest. They danced, they camped, they visited friends, they loved family throughout their lives together. Only until the last couple years did their lives slow down, but they still loved family and kept in contact with their many friends.
LeRoy is survived by his wife of 69 years, Irene. Also surviving are a son , Bill Crook and his wife Mary Jo of Cylinder; three grandchildren, Joleen and husband Darwyn Frideres, Ron and wife Lou Ann Crook, and Linda and husband Brian Garman; six great grandchildren, Dillon, Mike, Tia, Chloe, Jade and Hana; along with many nieces and nephews.
A special mention of a devoted neighbor, Sally Brennan, who was a constant vigil of the Crooks in their later years, bringing them goodies and conversation.
They and his many friends and acquaintances will miss him.