Grandad was truly one of the "Greats"!! He was the most generous, hardworking, fair, loyal, kind, funny, and clever man I have EVER known. I'm going to miss him more than I can put in words. He gave life to this family and very much appreciated legacy.
I could not have asked for a better grandad. I have such fond memories of our time spent together. He was a wise, caring and generous man who will be missed greatly.
My time spent with my grandfather greatly influenced my love of science, nature, and the outdoors. He was a great man and I cherish all the summers spent at Lake Aluma, time spent at oil wells and various state parks, but - most of all - the week we spent exploring the ranch. I am a better, wiser person for knowing him.
A fine man with wit and subtle charm...a person I am better for having met.
You were a wonderful granddad and will be greatly missed. You have given me and my family so much, you truly blessed us. Thank you.
You were a great Dad. I will miss our Wednesday night dinners. You have given us so much.
As a son-in-law, I joined the family in 1992 and lived with Lee the past eight years. I will always appreciate the warmth with which he welcomed me into the family. I remember his camaraderie as we did yard work and talked early in the morning over breakfast. We both loved our work at the National Cowboy museum and his stories helped to make the West come alive for me.
I was blessed with a special Dad, who exemplified the character of an honorable man. He was a real cowboy, who led a cattle drive at the age of 15, an excellent student, military leader, geologist, christian, poet, philanthropist, and a fantastic
example for his children to copy. We all miss him already.
The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7. Dad, you have truly blessed us and our children. We will miss you.
Dad, you have blessed my life and the life of my children and grandchildren. You will always be in my heart. You have given us a compass for guiding our lives in the right direction. With the deepest love and respect, Claudia Jean Dunlap
Uncle Lee Roy will be remembered as a staple in our family, who, when He came into town, always brought the most wonderful stories of our family! It was expected to hear the most wonderful, awesome ,exciting stories ever! He was the BEST story teller EVER and even though some of the stories we had heard hundreds of times over-We didn't care! We LOVED hearing them! Especially because HE was telling them! We loved the stories of Grandpa Edgar and Sonny Boy and Always my favorite, the ones about my "Onry", (As Uncle Lee Roy would call her), Mother Shirley Lucille. And it goes without saying ,His poems were the best ever! We Loved him so much and He will be truly missed. We are so happy that he has begun celebrating his everlasting life with our Lord Jesus and with his family who has gone on before him. We pray comfort and peace for his family and loved ones-Mark,Kathleen(Broughton),Ted,Tina, David and Sonny Arnds and Family-
Uncle Lee Roy was the best and most remembered uncle. I loved the stories he would tell about serving under General Patton during WWII. The stories he told were always funny. I will also never forget the story he told us about One-Eyed Riley, his father and my great grandfather. Uncle Lee Roy was my mother's (Shirley L, Riley) favorite uncle, as well. My wife, Laura, and I loved going to the Rodeo Hall of Fame with him. He showed us all around and gave an in-depth history of every piece we visited. The most notable were the barbed wire display and the display of the large cowboy painting that stood in a doorway where the tips of his boots pointed at you no matter where you stood. He really loved working there. Uncle Lee Roy was a great father, grandfather, uncle, and much, much more. He will be truly missed, and we will always remember him.
I will always remember LeRoy's visits to Phoenix. I valued his advice and opinions on things. LeRoy had such a positive outlook on life and was truly an inspiration to many people. He will be missed.
Uncle Lee Riley will always be remembered as a kind, loving and gentle soul, with a twinkle in his eye when he laughed...We always looked forward to his visits to Phoenix and all the stories he told about his parents and grandparents, Jim, especially enjoyed hearing about his oil field experiences and all it takes to bring in a well.
Simple words,he was the "GREATEST"and we loved him dearly!
Jim and Bonnie Stockett
I have many fond memories of my uncle Lee Roy. As a child, stories I was told about him made him larger than life. Of course, this was true in every conceivable way. He was always fair and even tempered and was the consummate father, grandfather, mentor, and friend. He passes on a true legacy in how he lived and treated everyone he encountered. My condolences to the family on their great loss. He will truly be missed. Rick L. Stockett (Carefree, AZ)
Mr. Riley was one of the most unassuming, humble men that we had the honor to know. He always made us feel like family when we visited Jean and Baillie. What a void he has left but his legacy will live on forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Love, Dave and Billie Dunlap
I was privileged to know Lee for some 45 years. As a father-in-law, father, and grandfather, he was unmatched. He was unassuming, funny, quick witted, and intelligent. I likened him to Ronald Reagan, another man I admired. He led a very interesting life from his days on the ranch where he was a true "cowboy", to Europe as one of the "greatest generation", to life back in the U.S. as a successful geologist and beloved family patriarch. I feel blessed to have known him, and extend my heartfelt condolences to all those in the family whose lives he impacted so positively.
My grandfather is one of the most family member I ve known since I was four I can't imagine life without him but I know he s in a better place an he will be missed an loved by everyone from many of his grandchildren