Leroy Pounder, 87, of Nauvoo, Illinois, passed away at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at his home in Nauvoo.
Leroy was born on June 19, 1933, in North Platte, Nebraska, the son of Joel Smith and Minnie E. Lange. He was raised by Richard and Minnie Pounder – Johnson. On April 20, 1977, he married Lela R. McQuiston in Yankton, South Dakota. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2008.
Survivors include his five children: Terry (Dee) Pounder of Lakewood, Colorado, Brenda (Mike) Johnson of Sioux City, Iowa, Roger Pounder of North Platte, Nebraska, Phyllis Pounder of North Platte, Nebraska and Michelle Soto of North Platte, Nebraska; nine grandchildren: Angie, Chad, Tanner, Amber, Patrick, Kristi, Toni, Becky and Steven; several great grandchildren; four siblings: R.J. (Jan) Pounder of Brighton, Colorado, Helen (Billy) Haney of Tryon, Nebraska, Larry Johnson of North Platte, Nebraska and Charleen (Floyd) Danzack of Johnston, Colorado. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins and very special friends: Carol, Kaylee and Kody McGhghy.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife: Lela; one sister: Alice Richardson and one brother: Chuck Johnson.
Leroy was a United States Army Veteran having served in the Korean War.
He was retired from Armour Dial. In his younger years, he raced stock cars. Leroy also enjoyed watching NASCAR races and was an avid Denver Broncos, Rusty Wallace and Nebraska Corn Huskers fan. He was a jokester and prankster. Leroy loved his dogs.
Friends may call after 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2020, at Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo where the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.
Social distancing requirements will be in place. Wearing a mask is encouraged.
Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska with full military rites.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Nauvoo is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.sbbfuneralhome.com.