OBITUARY: LeeRoy Lonnie Monroe

LeeRoy Lonnie Monroe was born Sept. 16, 1936, in Rooks County, Kan., near Stockton. He is the son of Lonnie Vandy Monroe and Myrtle Mae (Reichard) Monroe. LeeRoy was the oldest of four children.

LeeRoy passed away on May 21, 2021, at the age of 84 at his home in McPherson. LeeRoy grew up in Texas, Colorado and Kansas. He married Evelyn McAdoo on March 21, 1959, in Hays, Kan. They had four sons, whom LeeRoy taught to hunt and fish. LeeRoy enjoyed playing country music on his guitars with his friends and played in a band with some of them in Phillipsburg. LeeRoy lived in Russell and Bunker Hill while he worked in the oil field as a pumper and on a pulling unit. Later, he drove truck for Sand Ore and helped build Interstate 70 between WaKeeney and Hays. He also hauled oil for Interstate 80 in Nebraska.

In 1965, LeeRoy and Evelyn moved to Agra, Kan., and he drove a truck for Peak Transport until 1968. They moved to Alma, Neb., where LeeRoy worked for Lake and Shore Campers, where he helped build campers and then he delivered them to California, Texas, and Iowa.

In 1969, LeeRoy and Evelyn moved to Phillipsburg, Kan., and he started working at Royal Brand Roofing, which later became Tamko Building Products. He hauled shingles and drove over 3 million miles. He retired in 1988 and moved to Shell Knob, Mo., where Evelyn and LeeRoy ran a fishing resort on Table Rock Lake until 1993. They moved to Hutchinson in 1998 and then to McPherson in 2003.

LeeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy Monroe; two brothers, Clifford C. Monroe and Robert J. Monroe; two half sisters, Wilma Jean Monroe Williams Teater and Dolly L. Wells Axelson; and three half brothers, Floyd Sable, Clarence Wells, and Dean S. Wells.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of McPherson; a half sister, Wanda Lee (Monroe) Gano of Hill City; a half brother, Lonnie Lee Super of Russell; four sons, Jim (Monica) Monroe of Phillipsburg, Terry (Kristi) Monroe of McPherson, Johnny (Nancy) Monroe, of Smith Center, and Rick (Chris) Monroe, of Edgewood, N.M.; nine grandchildren, Jill, Jan, Joseph, Breana, Meghan, Melissa, Rebecca, Jessica, and Austin; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Cremation was chosen, and there will be no services.

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