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LeRoy Petersheim

LeRoy K. Petersheim

Monday, October 28th, 1929 - Monday, September 2nd, 2019
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LeRoy Kurtz Petersheim passed from this life early on Monday, September 2nd. One of 12 children, he was born in Morgantown to parents Barbara (Kurtz) and Jonathan Petersheim on October 29, 1929. He was a member, since 1989, of Forest Hills Mennonite Church.

LeRoy is survived by his brother Floyd Petersheim (Rebecca Stoltzfus) and his children: Beth Ann, married to Linford Good, Anna Ruth, married to Edward Gawlinski, as well as his six grandchildren: Rachel, Brendon, Alina, Colin, Gage and Tanner LeRoy. He was preceded in death by his siblings Mable, Della, Mary, Ida, Elsie, Susie, Omar, Elam, Joseph and Linda and his loving wife Betty Lou (Wingard) Petersheim in 2004 and in 2018 by his son Jon Robert Petersheim (Susan Marie Parker). In recent years he was also blessed to be “PawPaw” to five beautiful grandchildren with his companion Grace Ebersole Leaman.

In 1946 LeRoy ventured alone as a Seagoing Cowboy on a cattle boat to Greece, bringing livestock and aid to that war-torn country. As the son of farmers, LeRoy worked the land on his family farm until he married in 1953. Never having completed high school, LeRoy graduated from Eastern Mennonite College (now Eastern Mennonite University) in 1960. He participated in graduate-level studies at Cornell and Penn State Universities during his time home from missionary service.

LeRoy, along with his wife Betty Lou, was a missionary in Kenya & Tanzania through the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions, serving from 1960-1970. After returning home, LeRoy was the CEO at Tel Hai retirement community, during a time of rapid growth and change to the senior citizen community. He was also the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Garden Spot Villiage in New Holland.

LeRoy loved the outdoors and nature. He was a member of the Buck Hollow Hunting Club in Clinton County, PA where he enjoyed immensely taking his grandchildren and creating fond memories of fun and family; his grandkids enjoy time there to this day. LeRoy was also an avid gardener. In his last years he enlisted the help of his grandsons to tend to his plot of roses at Landis Homes; roses he shared with many to spread joy and the beauty of God’s creation to all.

A celebration of LeRoy’s life will be held at 2:30 pm on October 5 Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola. Visitation will be from 1:00pm until time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in LeRoy’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    Forest Hills Mennonite Church
    Address
    100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA
    LEOLA, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, October 5th, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Forest Hills Mennonite Church
    Address
    100 Quarry Road, Leola, PA
    LEOLA, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    John Carlson
    Co-Celebrant
    Robert Petersheim

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Nancy Garris

Posted at 04:28am
I will always remember coming to visit Uncle Leroy and Aunt Betty and spending time w the family as they talked about trips to Africa and I have always been in Awe of Uncle Leroy for his work w helping others in His missionaries and seeing him smile and laugh he always made me happy just by being him self and telling jokes and he had a smile to greet me and a hug . That will remain w me in my heart always his love for others and you could ask him anything and he find an answer to help you no matter what the question or problem was he would help you . I love you Uncle Leroy I will treasure the many memories of growing up w one of the best Uncles in the world .RIP ❤️ Niece Nancy
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William Kauffman

Posted at 06:44pm
I remember Uncle LeRoy as always upbeat and cheerful, totally honest and a loyal friend. He was a people person for sure, unlike myself. Ruth & I always enjoyed our visits with him every time we came back to Pa. As a kid I was fascinated with his stories from Africa, like the huge snake he killed that if I recall correctly, had a goat inside it. May God be extra close to you all during this time. I hope to see you at the memorial. Bill (& Ruth) Kauffman
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