Clayton “LeRoy” Fisher
September 28, 1923 ‒ January 23, 2016
Clayton “LeRoy” Fisher, age 92, of Marengo, passed away Saturday evening, January 23, 2016, at his residence, with his loving family by his side.
On September 28, 1923, LeRoy was born at home near Cardington, OH, the son of the late Clayton Lafayette and Almeda Grace (Lee) Fisher. He graduated from Marengo High School in the Class of 1941.
A proud U.S. Army Veteran, LeRoy served his country during World War II. He was on his way overseas when the war ended. He was retrained and he ran a motor pool in Japan.
On January 31, 1945, he married Geneva Mae VanSickle. They lovingly shared nearly 25 years together before she preceded him in death on December 16, 1969. Getting a second chance at love, LeRoy married Priscilla Jane Canute Jason on Valentine’s Day in 1973. They cherished 39 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on August 28, 2012. He was a very special caregiver to both of them as their health declined towards the end of their lives.
One thing LeRoy knew how to do was work. He was a lifelong farmer and grew up helping his father on the farm. He farmed a large area of grain and raised sheep and pigs. He and his father showed pigs in numerous county fairs in the state of Ohio for many years. For 27 years, he was also a school bus driver for Marengo/Highland Schools and a part time custodian during a few of those years.
LeRoy was a lifetime contributor at the Marengo United Methodist Church. He was also a Life Member of the American Legion Post 710 in Marengo.
LeRoy was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He and Jane traveled often to Michigan to fish. In his youth he also enjoyed playing baseball and taking part in the church softball league. During his service in Japan in World War II he taught and coached softball.
LeRoy’s true love was his family, to whom he was very dedicated. He absolutely loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, or any other children for that matter. He always adored the children from his bus route and enjoyed joking around with them. LeRoy was an extremely happy man who always had a good disposition.
He will be dearly missed by four children: Peggy Davidson of Marengo , Judy (William) Gibbs of Springport, Michigan, Dallas (Ruth) Jason of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Mauri (Cheryl) Jason, of Mount Gilead; nine grandchildren: Rhonda (Andrew) Howell, Robert (Elizabeth) Davidson, Michele (Jeff) Mead, Travis (Shelly) Gibbs, Jeanie (David) Styer, Justin (Nikki) Jason, Heather (Alvie) Haynes, Dartanion (Becky) Overfield, and Monica (Joe) Jackson; 26 great-grandchildren: Chelsea and Chase Mead, Carter and Nash Gibbs, Hayden and Darren Styer, Calix Jason, Lincoln, Landon, Layne and Logan Howell, Clayton, Jacob and Emma Davidson, Shania and Richard Haynes, Jesse, Desiree, Kaylee and Nathan Overfield, and Terrance, Jacob, Tawny, Joey, Trynity, and Jayden Jackson; two sisters: Evelyn Young of Ashley, Joan McCarty of Marengo; a sister-in-law, Genevieve Rogers of Marengo; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six sisters and their spouses: Gladys (Robert) Mayer, Elizabeth (Richard) Holloway, Earnestine (Raymond) Bland, Martha (Jack) McPeek, Maxine (Mike) Hubbard, Dorothy (Gerald) Davis; and three additional brothers-in-law: Ken Young, Robert McCarty, and Harold VanSickle.
LeRoy’s family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Marengo United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 8 N. Main St., Marengo, OH 43334. Services celebrating and honoring his life will be held in the Marengo United Methodist Church Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with Pastor Gary Lamb-Hart officiating. Military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Army, VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will conclude the service. A private family burial will take place in Rivercliff Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve LeRoy’s family, and your condolences and special memories may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com