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LeROY O. HEGGY Obituary
LeRoy Orrie Heggy, 95, joined his wife Nancy in their eternal home on March 5, 2014, following a long fight with cancer. Dad was born August 5, 1918, in Stafford, KS to Ervin L. and Bonnie L. (Goosey) Heggy. At the age of three months, LeRoy's father died from the flu, and along with his mother and older sister, Mildred, he moved to Kansas City, MO, to live with his grandparents until he was three. Dad was a Boy Scout, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and was a member of ROTC. Following graduation from Northeast High School in 1938, Dad served in the U.S. Army during World War II. LeRoy was a member of the 137th Combat Infantry, and among the second wave of troops landing at Omaha Beach. He was injured following three weeks of battle, and was later honored with two Purple Hearts, a bronze star, the Soldier's medal, and many other decorations for his service. He was a life member of the DAV and VFW. In 1948, LeRoy was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marjorie Irene (Nancy) Foreman. She preceded him in death in 2008 after nearly 60 years together. LeRoy received his undergraduate from the Kansas City Art Institute, and later his Master's degree from the University of Kansas City. LeRoy's career as an industrial designer spanned many years with companies including General Motors, Spencer Chemical, Gulf Oil, and the Bendix Corporation. Dad was active in playing baseball, golf, and involved with boating clubs at the Lake of the Ozarks. He served as a Boy Scout Master and was very active with his troop at Scout Camp and Philmont Ranch. 27 boys in his troop became Eagle Scouts. He was also a member of the Tribe of Mic-O- Say. Dad was an ordained deacon at the First Baptist Church of Kansas City for 35 years. LeRoy was a member of Ivanhoe Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Valley of Kansas City, where he served as Samaritan, and Ararat Shrine Temple. At Ararat, LeRoy was a member of the Legion of Honor, Tribesmen Shrine Club, served as Chief Potentate's Aide, Publicity Chairman, and volunteered his artistic talents for many years, designing circus program covers and many other creations for the benefit of Shriners and the kids they serve. Dad was also a "regular" at the Cook Shack on Wornall Road, where he not only looked forward to eating, but flirting with the girls. Along with his parents and wife, LeRoy was preceded in death by his daughter, Donna Schupp; son, LeRoy Louis "Lee" Heggy; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Rae Heggy; and sister, Mildred A. Hein. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Tim Park; eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, as well as other family members and friends. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Friday, March 14, and Masonic funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, March 15, all at the Park Lawn South Chapel, Hillcrest Road at 83rd Street. Entombment with military honors will follow in Mount Moriah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Ararat Shrine Hospital Transportation Fund or to Kansas City Hospice. You may share a message with the family or sign an online guest book via www.parklawnfunerals. com. Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home (816) 523-1234.
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 9, 2014
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