Marion – Leroy was
born on October 30, 1917 in Pierce, OK., and passed away
peacefully in his home in Marion on August 28, 2013 at the age
of 95. Leroy was the 7th of 9 children born to Joel and Eva
McGill and arrived about 20 minutes ahead of his twin brother,
The McGills left
Oklahoma in 1924 and headed for what they hoped to be a better
life in California. But then they heard that there was greater
opportunity for farm workers in the state of Washington,
picking apples, etc., so they headed north. Traveling such
long distances with several young children proved to be more
difficult than they had expected, so they pitched a tent near
Junction City, found work, and decided to settle down there.
Leroy attended grade school and high school in Junction City
and graduated in 1936. He and his twin brother, Deroy,
purchased farmland near Marion and farmed there together into
their 80’s, raising peppermint, squash, wheat, onions, as
well as carrots, parsnips, and flax in their early years.
Leroy met and
married Hazel Severson in Harrisburg in 1941, and they
celebrated their 72nd anniversary on May 15th of this year.
They waited 11 years before having children and then had two
sons, Lyndon, born in 1952, and Delwin, born in 1955. These
two sons have provided Leroy and Hazel with 6 grandchildren
and 3 great-grandchildren thus far.
Leroy was preceded
in death by his parents, Joel and Eva; sisters Florence, Pearl
and Lenna; and brothers Yancy, Albert, Ernest, Deroy, and
Theo. He leaves behind his wife of 72 years and a family who
respected and loved him dearly.
Viewing will be
Saturday, August 31 from 4-7 pm at North Santiam Funeral
Service, Stayton. Graveside service will be Sunday, September
1 at 10:00 am at Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson, followed by a
memorial service at 2:00 pm at the Church of God Seventh Day
in Marion. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.