The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

June 12, 2013

Leo McElroy

OTTUMWA — Leo A. McElroy, 77, of 1506 Swanson Ave., died at 4:28 p.m. June 9, 2013, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

He was born Jan. 13, 1936, in Ottumwa to Arthur Duncan and Alta Gilliard McElroy. He married Glenys Judd on June 13, 1953.

Leo attended Ottumwa High School before moving to Colorado. In 1958, he returned to Iowa to live in Burlington, where he worked for Iowa Southern Utilities. He relocated to Ottumwa in 1960 to continue working for Iowa Southern Utilities until 1979. He then became a union representative for IBEW Local #735, which became Local #204, until retiring in 1999.

Leo was a member of IBEW Local #204 and B.P.O. Elks Lodge #347. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, fishing, boating, camping and woodworking. His favorite time was his annual weeklong family camping trip at Lake Rathbun.

Surviving are his wife, Glenys; his three children, Becky (Don) Rupe of Eldridge, Doug (Lisa) McElroy of Ottumwa and Julie (Steve) Rogers of Norwalk; seven grandchildren, Amy Clayton, Tony (Elisabeth) Rupe, Rachel McElroy, Kaitlin McElroy, Kaylee (Stephen) Onnen, Kristi Rogers and Tayler Rogers; four great-grandchildren, Jayden Clayton, Tayja Clayton, Jacob Rupe and Kayla Rupe; a sister, Martha (Bob) Yochum of Mesa, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Rosa McElroy of Illinois; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ernest McElroy and Harold McElroy; and a sister, Francis Stephenson.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home with his grandson, Tony Rupe, officiating. Cremation will follow the services.

Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Thursday with the family present from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society, P.O. Box 1149, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.

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