Leroy Walgora, born on September 17th, 1930, in Chicago, Ill., to Casimir and Ida (Sikora) Walgora, passed from this life to the next on Friday, June 25th, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY, after a brief bout with pneumonia. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Arnold. At the age of 16 Leroy joined the Marine Corps and served his country during the Korean War.
After his eight-year tour with the Marines, Lee worked for Ryerson Steel as a machinist for 36 years until his retirement. He met Barbara Louise Hoff at the Judo studio where he was an instructor and she was a student. They married November 3rd, 1962, and made their home in Woodridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
Barbara and Lee always enjoyed having pets, so upon his retirement in 1990, they initially moved to Big Sandy, where they were able to enjoy country living with a place to accommodate Barbara’s horse, Black Jack, and their other four-legged friends. They enjoyed traveling, especially on Wind Jammer Cruises, and also made a trip to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Lee had a creative side, which he expressed in his beautiful stained-glass window creations. After living for 10 years in Benton County, Lee and Barbara relocated again to make their home in Paris, in 2000. They have been active members at Paris First United Methodist Church. Until recently limited by health issues, Lee and Barbara faithfully attended the early worship service at Paris First; enjoyed helping with the Second Harvest Food Distributions and traveling with the Keenagers. Lee was always a supporter of Barbara’s involvement in the United Methodist Women’s activities.
There will be a brief memorial service celebrating Leroy’s life on Sunday, July 11, at the conclusion of the 8:30 a.m. worship service in the Christian Life Center. In lieu of flowers, any memorial gifts for Lee can be sent to Paris First United Methodist Church at 101 E. Blythe St. in Paris, TN 38242 or to “Forever Friends”, which provides shelter and permanent homes for cats and kittens.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Paducah, Ky., is in charge of the funeral arrangements.