LOUIS LEROY EARLY
MAY 21, 1926 - MARCH 8, 2013
Louis Leroy (Roy) Early, 86, passed peacefully into the arms of his Heavenly Father on March 8th, 2013. Roy was born in Haysprings, NE on May 21, 1926. His family moved to the state of Washington in 1936. He graduated from High School at the age of 16 in Grandview, WA.
Roy lived a life of service, beginning with service to his country, in World War II
. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, at the age of 17. He held the rank of Radioman Second Class on the USS Allendale, in the South Pacific. After graduating from Chiropractic College, in 1950, he was called back to service in the Korean Conflict
. Roy enjoyed a career as a Chiropractor for over 60 years. He especially enjoyed serving his patients and seeing them recover from their pain and other health concerns. In the early years of his career, he would make many home visits and provided after hours care at his office. He was so proud of the fact that his youngest son, Dean Early, followed in his footsteps as a Chiropractor. Roy was very active in areas of service at his church, serving in many areas of leadership. For a few decades, up to December 2012, he coordinated the ushering teams, as head usher, and held high standards for his teams. For over 20 years, Roy and Leona led and coordinated groups of lay people who spent weekends at other churches, sharing their Christian experiences. His final area of service was leading Grief Share at his church.
Roy and Leona loved to travel and were fortunate to visit many European countries, the Holy Land and Japan. Roy was married to his beloved wife Leona on June 7, 1946. They were married for 65 years, 4 months and 11 days, until her passing in 2011.
Roy is survived by their 4 children and their spouses: Pastor Dennis (Shari) Early of Wichita, KS; Ragena (Steve) Ensley of Modesto; Debra (Jeff) Cowden of Bloomington, III; Dr. Dean (Karla) Early of Modesto; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren (with 2 more on the way). He is also survived by his brother Jim (Rae) Early of Wanatchee, WA; his sister Cleo (Dale) Ritchie of Harrah, WA; and sister-in-law Marilyn Early of Longview, WA.
The family wishes to thank the staff and friends at Standiford Place, Alexander Cohen Hospice House and Bethany Home. Your loving care will never be forgotten.
The graveside service, with full military honors, will be held at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA on Monday, March 18th at 1:00 pm. The memorial service will be on Saturday, April 13th at North Modesto Church of God at 11:00 am. Memorial donations may be sent to North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Salas Brothers. www.cvobituaries.com