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Leroy Virtus Andresen

July 11, 1923 ~ January 19, 2018 (age 94)

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Mr. Leroy V. Andresen, 94, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Friday evening, January 19, 2018, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living, Clinton.

Leroy Virtus Andresen was born July 11, 1923, at rural DeWitt to the late Virtus and Viola (Willer) Andresen.  He was a graduate of Elvira High School. He married Bernette Brandenburg September 26, 1942, in Kahoka, Missouri, and they were blessed with three children. He later married Margie Runyon February 4, 1966, in Dixon, Illinois. The couple farmed at rural DeWitt on their Century Farm until retirement.  Leroy was an active farmer all his life, and particularly enjoyed caring for horses and sheep.

He was a lifetime, steadfast and very active member of Elvira Zion Lutheran Church. He loved doing the food baskets, working the church supper and greeting the members. Leroy was the unofficial church historian whose presence will be greatly missed by all members.  He enjoyed bowling, dancing, playing cards, traveling, auctions, trail riding, horse shows and spending time with his beloved family.

Surviving are children, Linda (Claude) Kahley of Punta Gorda, Florida, Kristie (Dallas) Hoffman of Moline, Illinois, John (Maxine) Dailey of Orlando, Florida, Linda Edwards of Silvis, Illinois, Debra (Dennis) Krogman of Clinton; a daughter-in-law, Shelly Andresen of South Carolina; 22 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Eugene Andresen of DeWitt; nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margie on June 27, 2017; a son, Randy; a grandson, Jon Kahley and a sister-in-law, Madeline Andresen.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Elvira Zion Lutheran Church from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018.  A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 26, 2018, in the church with the Rev. Jealaine Marple officiating.  Burial will follow at Elvira Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Elvira Zion Lutheran Church.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Cory Andresen, Jamie Andresen, Gerrod Andresen, Kyle Goodhart, Jay Kahley, Erik Schroeder, Robert Edwards, Ken Edwards, John Dailey, Jr., Nick Dailey, Jeremiah Krogman and Jacob Krogman,.  Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters, Candice Griffith, Shelagh Clark, Jolynn Powell, Lisa Keeney, Jessica Hoffman, Gina Williams, Carolyn Dailey, Jinny Senn, Jessica Boorn and Julie Krogman.

A special thanks to the staff of Prairie Hills Assisted Living for their care of Leroy during his time there.

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