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LeRoy Eldon Skaggs

Monday, June 27, 2011

LeRoy Eldon Skaggs, age 82, formerly of Joplin, Mo. went home to the Lord on Tuesday June 22, 2011, at the home of his daughter, surrounded by his family, following a thirteen year battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at College Heights Christian Church. Randy Gariss and Rick Bushnell, ministers will officiate. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Liberty Cemetery in Meriden.

The family will receive friends 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Mason-Woodard Mortuary in Joplin, Mo. Memorial contributions may be given to Good News Productions in care of the mortuary.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.

LeRoy was born on Sept. 10, 1928 in Cleghorn, the son of the late William and Frances (Prunty) Skaggs. He graduated from Cleghorn High School, a member of the class of 1946. He served in the Iowa Army National Guard. He married Ruth Smith on Sept. 30, 1951 in Cleghorn, and together they made their home on a farm in Iowa, working and raising crops and cattle for twenty-one years. In 1972, the family moved to Joplin, and LeRoy attended Ozark Christian College for one year. He owned and operated the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream store for 26 years, and the Morrow's Nut House for 23 years, both located at the mall. He was a member of College Heights Christian Church, where he taught some adult bible classes, and he enjoyed motorcycle touring and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He greatly loved attending the grandchildren's sporting events.

LeRoy was one of the most positive individuals you would ever want to meet. He had a unique way of finding the humor in most situations. After spending a little time with LeRoy you would feel light hearted and uplifted, and know how much he loved the Lord. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth on Nov. 4, 1979. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Royal David Skaggs and Clark Skaggs.

He is survived by one son, Ron Skaggs and wife Penny, Joplin, Mo.; three daughters, Susan Rainforth and husband Jim, Anchorage, Alaska, Donna Morey and husband Jeff, Carl Jct., Mo., and Beth Warman and husband Bryan, Webb City, Mo.; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.