LeRoy was an active member of the Iowa-Nebraska Farm Equipment Dealers Association. After his retirement LeRoy worked part-time at Steenhoek Implement in Knoxville, the Super Wash in Pella, and drove the bus for the Central College Women’s Softball team, which he enjoyed very much. LeRoy was an avid reader and enjoyed history, visiting aviation museums, and traveling with Ilda Lou.
On Monday afternoon, March 4, 2013, he passed away at the Hospice of Pella Comfort House in Pella at the age of 82 years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Ilda Lou Van Zee; his three children and their families: Douglas and Marilyn (Nieuwsma) Van Zee of Pella; Scott and Brittany Van Zee of Galesburg; Ivan Morgan, Evan Van Zee, Erin and Kyle Whalley of Liberty, Mo.; Nolan Whalley, Nicholas Whalley, Melody and Tom Miller of Corning, Emily Miller and Miguel Mendez of Norwalk, Briela Mendez, Bianca Mendez; Jill and Sam Vande Weerd of Pella; Bailey Vande Weerd of Pella; Zach Vande Weerd of Pella; and Ross Vande Weerd of Pella.
LeRoy leaves his two sisters and their husbands: Helen and Marvin Smith of Ankeny, Joyce and Ray Vos of Pella; two nieces and a nephew; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, William M. and Bertha Van Zee; his step-mother, Etta (Netten) Jellema Van Zee; and his parents-in-law, Jacob and Agnes (Hasselman) Mol.
LeRoy was a long time member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Pella where he had served as a Deacon and an Elder; served as Sunday School superintendent, and a teacher of youth and adult classes. He was also a supporter of Hope Ministries, Crossroads Bible Institute and the Gideons International.
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Trinity Reformed Church in Pella. Arrangements were handled by Van Dyk – Duven Funeral Home.