Clarence LeRoy Wilcox, 89, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Rexburg of natural causes.
He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Sunnydell, Idaho, to David Floyd and Annie Grizelda Heileson Wilcox. He attended school at Sunnydell, Archer, Madison High, LDS Business College in Salt Lake City and Ricks College.
He was drafted into the Army in World War II and served in Germany. After the war, along with his dad and brothers, he built a potato warehouse in Thornton called Floyd Wilcox & Sons Inc. He remained in the potato business for 43 years.
On Aug. 9, 1949, he married Lorna Rae Keele in the Idaho Falls Temple. They farmed in Archer and St. Anthony before buying a farm in the Thornton area.
He lost his right arm in a farming accident in 1955, but he never let it slow him down. Because of his incredible patience, he learned to do anything he desired. His hobbies included fishing, water-skiing, gardening and golfing. He was able to provide a comfortable living for his family. He taught his children the virtues of hard work, honesty and dependability.
He was a faithful member of the LDS church. He served in various callings in the church, usually as a clerk in his ward or on the Ricks College campus. He and Lorna served a mission to Milwaukee, Wis., from 1995 to 1996.
After retirement, they traveled to many places, either by themselves or with friends. For 19 years, they enjoyed spending winters in St. George, Utah, where they had many special friends. When Roy's health began to fail in 2012, they moved into Homestead Assisted Living Center. Even through his illness, he was always kind, gentle and appreciative of the help he was given.
He is survived by his wife, Lorna of Rexburg; three children, Linda Brown of Pocatello and Richard Wilcox and Garth Wilcox, both of Rexburg; 14 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Zelda Wilcox; three brothers, Keith, David and Boyd; two sisters, Doris and Jackie; and one grandson, Bradley.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 13, at the Burton LDS church, 3958 W. 2000 South, with Bishop Ken McClusky officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Flamm Funeral home in Rexburg and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 am Thursday before services at the church. Interment will be in Burton Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.flammfh.com.