THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
LeRoy E. Guy
Issue Date: November 8, 2017
LeRoy Earl Guy of Leavenworth, Kansas passed away at his daughter's home in McKinney, Texas on October 26, 2017 after a 2-1/2 year battle with bladder cancer.
LeRoy was born in Amberg, Wisconsin February 18, 1935 to Earl and Bessie Guy. After graduating from Amberg High School he secured employment at the Oster Manufacturing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Two years later, in 1955 he made the "best decision of his life" and joined the United States Army.
LeRoy spent the next 20 years in the Army; the last 13 years as a pilot both fixed wing and rotary wing culminating his career as a Rotary Wing Instrument Flight Instructor. Prior to attending flight school he wanted some assurance that if he had a mishap while flying he could survive, so he enrolled in Airborne school and obtained his paratrooper badge. He served 2 tours in Viet Nam earning numerous medals to include Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star (2nd oak leaf cluster), Air Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
LeRoy's 2nd best decision of his life was marrying Katharina Jaud of Ellbach, Germany. He and Katharina spent 52 wonderful and interesting years together until she passed away in 2010.
LeRoy was a truly remarkable man, a genuine Renaissance man. He was generous, kind and gentle, never uttering a harsh word. He was incredibly creative, and interested in life. He had numerous diverse hobbies: beekeeping, fishing, weaving, scuba diving, woodworking, gardening, acting in and set designing for community theater groups. He was active in multiple fraternal organizations: Viet Nam Helicopters Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fort Leavenworth Rod and Gun Club just to name a few. He could and did it all.
LeRoy is survived by his daughter, Sonja Thompson; his grandson, Jason Thompson; his granddaughter, Kerry Doke and great-grandson, Carson Doke, all of McKinney, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, Wayne Guy of Omro, Wisconsin and Bob Guy of Iron Mountain, Michigan.
Interment will be at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Date is yet to be determined.