Leroy Franklin Imus
October 21, 1929 – March 25, 2018
LeRoy F. Imus (10/21/1929 – 3/25/2018) Age 88
LeRoy Imus passed away in the early morning of 3/25/18 at the Multi-Care Hospital in Spokane Valley, WA.
LeRoy was born in Spokane, lived most of his life in the Newman Lake area and in his later years in the Spokane Valley. He had two brothers, William who was older and also a younger brother Dale, who are also deceased. As a child, his family had many kinds of animals on a small farm which included at one time or another horses, pigs, beef and milk cows, chickens, and a mule. LeRoy had the responsibilities of daily animal care before going to school each day, and also was required to walk about two miles twice daily get from home to the bus stop in order to get to school and back home. The closest neighbors were typically not within walking distance, but he was able to meet a neighbor girl, Nola, when her family visited, and she caught his eye. They dated in high school, and after graduation they maintained contact during his enlistment in the Navy with plans to be married sometime after his return.
LeRoy always liked music and while in high school, he played the Tuba in band. He was offered to be a part of the Navy Band, however declined this as he was more interested in mechanical activities. So, he was a Fireman where he worked in the engine room of the #110 naval ship maintaining equipment. He served for 4 years and was assigned to the Island of Guam.
Once LeRoy returned home from the Navy, he and Nola continued to see each other and then married at the Hitching Post in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. From this marriage, they had three children, one girl, and two boys. There were many family camping/fishing trips to Tacoma Creek and also vacations and travel to the Oregon/Washington coastline to the ocean, in addition to trips to the Pintler Wilderness Area in Montana, and the State of Idaho, etc. There were many large family get-together’s and activities and family was a high priority throughout these years.
Occupationally, in addition to his military mechanic’s experience, LeRoy completed Diesel Mechanic coursework, and worked for many years as a mechanic before retiring as a Diesel Mechanic at the Spokane URM store. He was always interested in fixing mechanical problems on cars, and trucks, etc. and enjoyed helping others with their mechanical problems and also had many of his own mechanical projects throughout his lifetime.
LeRoy also served on the Newman Lake Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter for many years and also served as a Commissioner for the Fire Department. He also joined the Newman Lake SCOPE Program and took his turn patrolling designated areas and reporting and documenting any incidents to the Sheriff’s Department. This also included completing trainings put on by the Sheriff’s Department to learn more about drugs and the drug problems in the area and not only become more effective as a SCOPE Volunteer, but also as a private citizen.
LeRoy enjoyed nature, wildlife, camping, fishing, his work as a mechanic and service oriented occupations. LeRoy was friendly and outgoing, and while in Newman Lake, many people came to him for help as he was someone they could trust and would be willing to help. But, not to forget also that he had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh with others, and could also be a prankster. He had many friends, and enjoyed spending time with them. Many trips and vacations were taken with the purpose to visit friends, but mostly relatives. He loved travel, socialization activities, and spending time with friends and family.
LeRoy is survived by his daughter, Audrey and sons, Michael (Suzanne) and Randal, and six grandchildren – Nathan, Matthew, Katie, Carrie, and Bethany and Nolan. Nola, his wife was deceased in 2012 after being married for to her for 58 years. His “Celebration of Life” service will be held at Hazen and Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA on Friday, April 6. The visitation is scheduled from 1:00 to 2:45 pm with a Memorial Service at 3:00 pm and Graveside Services at 4:30 pm at Pines Cemetery.
- Visitation Friday, April 6, 2018
- Celebration of Life Friday, April 6, 2018
- Graveside Service Friday, April 6, 2018
Leroy Franklin Imus
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April 6, 2018
I grew up spending a lot of time around Uncle Leroy. He was married to my dad's sister Nola. Cousin Audrey and I were born 3 weeks apart. Leroy, Nola, Audrey, Mike, and Randy were staples in my 'formative' years.
Uncle Leroy called me Debbie do....I was too young to take offense, after all my dad called me Freckles.
Laughter and kidding was expected at every encounter with Leroy. We all went camping when camping was just that. Tents, blow up mattresses. Putting up tents in the rain. Cooking on propane Coleman stoves and burning the bottom of our shoes around the campfire.
Let's not forget the burping around the campfire. Those men were gross and loud. Yep uncle Leroy was right in there. (Sorry if offensive, but it happened.)
I hope the memory I shared brought that special time back even briefly and brought a smile to you face, and yes, even a tear to your eye.
A final memory is maybe something only I remember, but I can still see uncle Leroy wearing tan pants. One pant leg tucked into one boot, but the other always over the outside of the other. I wonder if it drove Nola crazy, or was I the only person that noticed?
I send my condolences cousins. May uncle Leroy's lightheartedness always run deep in your hearts.
Love, Debbie do.