LeRoy August Dankmeyer

LeRoy August Dankmeyer, 92, of Tigerton, died peacefully at Homme Home of Wittenberg on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. God saw that you were tired and said, “LeRoy, come home with Me to your eternal kingdom.”

LeRoy was born in Adams-Friendship on June 6, 1923, to August and Clarissa (Meacham) Dankmeyer. LeRoy came to Tigerton at a young age and graduated from Tigerton High School in 1941. From 1943-1946, LeRoy was stationed overseas as a medic in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as an ambulance driver and carried the wounded to hospitals and worked at first aid stations. He landed at Normandy Beach and served in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg by driving fuel trucks to supply the front line troops.

On March 2, 1946, LeRoy was united in marriage to Juanita “Tootie” Tratz at St. Anthony’s Church in Tigerton. LeRoy worked for Swanke Oil, the Company Store and the Tigerton Lumber Company for over 50 years until he retired in 1985. In August 2010, LeRoy had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. on an Old Glory Honor Flight. He had the chance to see the World War II Memorial and other memorials. He also got to travel to Arlington National Cemetery. He enjoyed going on vacations, hunting, bowling, softball, baseball and bingo. LeRoy was a volunteer firefighter and ambulance driver. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 239. He loved handing out candy and getting hugs at the Homme Home.

LeRoy is survived by his children, Susan (Dave) U’Ren, Shawano, and Lee (Marge) Dankmeyer, Wittenberg; six grandchildren, Jamie (Amy) Dent, Tigerton, Lori (Brad) Kleman, Waukesha, Jodi (Keith) Mallak, Tigerton, Scott (Cyndi) Dankmeyer, Menasha, Bob (Kristi) U’Ren, Ishpeming, Michigan, and Nicholle (Ben) Pascoe, Hancock, Michigan; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Rosenow; brother, William Dankmeyer; and brothers-in-law, Dick (Wanda) Tratz and James (Kathy) Tratz. LeRoy was preceded in death by his wife, Tootie, his parents, sisters Phyllis and Juanita, and brothers Donald and Jack.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Tigerton. The Rev. Jose Castaneda will officiate, and inurnment will follow at Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Military Honors will be provided by members of the American Legion Post #239, Tigerton. Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of mass at the church. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.beil-didier.com.

We want to thank the staff at the Homme Home in Wittenberg for the excellent care of our father and grandfather for so many years.