Leroy Henry Gifford, 89, of Midland, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, 2013, at Brittany Manor. He was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Midland, son of the late Charles and Grace (Hazzard) Gifford. Leroy grew up in Midland and attended Midland schools. He was drafted into the U.S. Army
where he received the Purple Heart
for wounds received in Italy. Upon his return from his military obligation he sought employment with The Dow Chemical Co. for 33 years retiring in 1980.
Leroy married Phyllis Strine on May 1, 1948, and she died Feb. 15, 1964. He later married Rosemary Seibert Maier on Nov. 14, 1964. Leroy was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting wood, and above all else, â€˜fixing things.'
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, of Midland; son, Randy (Linda) Gifford of Gurnee, Ill.; daughters, Margaret (Ronald) Hyde of Freeland and Connie (John) Coblentz of Linden, Tenn.; stepson, Wayne (Becky) Maier of Greenwood, Ind.; and stepdaughter, Cindy (Bill) Rushton of Fishers, Ind.; grandchildren, Charles Gifford, Mary Cain, John Coblentz Jr., Samuel Coblentz, Matthew Coblentz, Jaclyn Gifford, Jenelle Gifford, Carmen Lawrence, Megan Dugan, Heather Strader, Tony Maier, Tim Maier and Tony Hyde; and 17 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sons, Barry Gifford on June 22, 1980, and Joe Gifford on March 6, 1980; his sister, Margaret Rowe; his infant brother, George Gifford; half-brother, Dale Gifford; and stepbrother, Don Slater.
Funeral and committal services for Leroy will take place 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, from the Mt. Haley Church of God, with Pastor David Aukerman officiating. Military honors will be presented under the auspices of the Midland Area Veterans and the Department of the Army. Interment will take place in Midland Cemetery. Leroy's family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of the service. The family requests â€˜no flowers' due to a floral allergy Mrs. Gifford has. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the family of Leroy Gifford or the Mt. Haley Church of God. Arrangements for Mr. Gifford are entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St.