12/09/2017 - LeRoy Francis DeCory
Funeral services for Deacon LeRoy Francis DeCory, age 79, will be at 11:00 AM (CT) on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the St. Charles Catholic Church in St. Francis, SD with Father Jim “James” Kubicki S.J. and Father Jim LaFontaine S.J. officiating.
Burial will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Sicangu Akicita Owicahe Cemetery in White River, SD.
A one-night wake service will begin at 4:00 PM (CT) on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Digman Hall in St. Francis, SD. Rosary services will start at 7:00 PM and Veterans Roll Call will be at 9:00 PM.
LeRoy passed away on December 3, 2017 in Hot Springs, SD. He was a veteran in the U.S. Air Force.
LeRoy was born on May 23, 1938 in St. Francis, SD to Caroline Bordeaux DeCory and Dallas DeCory. He moved with his brother Cedric and parents to Scottsbluff, NE a few years later. He graduated from Scottsbluff Senior High School and enlisted in the U. S. Air Force. He worked in California and then moved back to St. Francis, SD and was employed and retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Road Department. He was also a Fire Chief for the St. Francis Volunteer Fire Department. He then resided in Rapid City until he moved back to St. Francis.
Leroy married Phyllis (White Eyes) DeCory on August 17, 1981 at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Francis, SD. LeRoy was later ordained as a deacon of the Catholic Church on August 17, 1994 by Bishop Chaput and served in the St. Charles Parish in St. Francis and St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Rapid City, SD. LeRoy served the Lakota people with prayers, comforting words and actions. He was always encouraging and supportive to the many people he knew and to his family, relatives and friends.
He always made people smile and laugh with his stories and teasing. LeRoy was a generous, kind, giving and positive man. He will be greatly missed by his family, relatives and friends.
LeRoy was preceded in death by son George, brother Cedric (Maxine), parents Dallas and Caroline DeCory, and many relatives.
LeRoy is survived by wife Phyllis (White Eyes) DeCory; children Sue Lynn, Yvonne (Robert Paradis), and Kevin; 36 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister Sharon (Caroline, Iliyah, Ivan), Sean (Jessica and Aden); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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Sioux Funeral Home of Pine Ridge, SD is in charge of arrangements for Deacon LeRoy Francis DeCory.
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