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LeRoy Bickford
July 14, 1926–January 17, 2009
LeRoy Bickford age 82, of Amber and formerly of Prairieburg, died Saturday afternoon, January 17, 2009 at the Jones County Regional Medical Center, Anamosa following a brief illness.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 Friday morning, January 23, 2009 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Anamosa with interment in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa from 3 until 7 Thursay where a parish Scripture Service will be held at 7:00 p.m.
Surviving are three daughters, Susan (Jerry) Bolton, Jesup; Mary (Larry) Hanson, Abercrombie, North Dakota; Wendy (Tim) Gullinsgrud, Hayward, Wisconsin; six grandchildren, Aaron (Nicole) Bolton, Webster Groves, Missouri; Jody (Tim) Smith, Sartell, Minnesota; Jeff (Morgan) Bolton, Portland, Oregon; Kelly (Brian) Duchscherer, Fargo, North Dakota; Bryce and Maren Gullingsrud, Hayward, Wisconsin; seven great-grandchildren and a brother, John (Laberta) Bickford, Maquoketa, a sister, Dixie (Robert) Danly of Springville. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Leona May, a grandson Michael Hanson and an infant granddaughter, a sister Edna Sievers, five brothers, Raymond, Charlie, Harold, Clayton and Howard Jr.
LeRoy Bickford was born July 14, 1926 in Jackson County, Iowa near Canton. He was the son of Howard and Matilda (Burns) Bickford. He received his education in the rural schools of Jones and Jackson Counties. LeRoy Bickford and Leona May Wallroff were married August 14, 1946 at Anamosa, Iowa. LeRoy had several occupations over the years, but was best known as a self employed mechanic and gas station operator in Prairieburg. He and Leona May later owned and operated a resort and grocery store in Park Rapids, Minnesota and later the HiWay Trading Post in Hackensack, Minnesota. The couple operated their business together until Leona's death on November 22, 1990. LeRoy had made his home in the Amber community for over 20 years and had only moved to the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in November of 2008. LeRoy worked tirelessly and loved his family and friends. He was always there to help. An avid outdoorsman, LeRoy enjoyed hunting, and fishing with family and friends.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Jones County Regional Medical Center and the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for all the wonderful care.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt


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