Leroy Lykins

March 15, 1937June 6, 2018
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LEROY LYKINS Leroy Lykins, 81, passed away June 6, 2018 at his home in Liberty Lake, WA surrounded by his loving family. He had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but had dealt with COPD for 12 years. He fought a good fight and is now at peace with his Savior, Jesus Christ. Leroy was born on March 15, 1937 in Lucasville, OH. His parents were Albert and Louella (Jones) Lykins. He was the oldest of their eight children. He met his future wife, Frances (Benner) on a blind date and 16 months later, December 7, 1958, they were married. Together they had three daughters, Gayle, Suzanne, and Cindy. Leroy lived his childhood and early adult years in southern Ohio. He told many stories of mischievous antics committed with his brothers and sisters. However, after visiting and fishing the Yaak River in 1964, he was “hooked” on Montana and moved his family to Libby, MT in October 1965. He owned and operated the Hi-Way Deli for nearly 40 years, a remarkable feat because he closed the store only one day each year, Christmas Day. He was well-known for his pizza, rotisserie chicken and deli sandwiches but more importantly, his customers remember him fondly for the kind and respectful way he served them, and he never failed to say, “thank you, come again” as they exited the door. Even with long work days, Leroy enjoyed an active, outdoor life. He loved fishing in nearby lakes as well as fishing trips to Alaska and Canada. He regaled in memories of hunting in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. His grandsons have wonderful memories of hunting with grandpa. In July 2006, Leroy and Frances moved to Liberty Lake, WA to be closer to family and medical services. He attended ChangePoint Fellowship in Spokane Valley for several years and made the monumental decision to be baptized one month before his passing. His whole family was in attendance. Even though baptism took place in his later years, Leroy always had a strong faith in God. Leroy was a talented man who could do anything, fix anything, and didn’t quit until a task was completed. He was an artist who gave away many paintings, which have become cherished keepsakes. His quiet, cheerful demeanor won over many friends. He listened to what people had to say and genuinely cared about them. He loved people and people loved him. He will greatly missed! Leroy is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 ½ yrs, Frances. Three daughters: Gayle Jaqueth, Troy, MT, Suzanne Schmidt (Dean) Spokane Valley, WA, and Cindy Lykins, Seattle, WA. Four grandsons: Mitchell Lykins, Robert Counts, Matthew Schmidt, all of Spokane Valley, WA, and Timothy Spencer (Kelly Jo), Post Falls, ID. Five great-grandchildren: Emma, Carleigh, Jadon, Taylor, and Rory. Leroy is also survived by his siblings: Donna Brickey, Libby, MT, Bill Lykins (Helen), Linda Holbrook (Larry Eldridge), Tom Lykins, Carolyn Wheeler (Roger) and Philip Lykins, sister-in-law, Donna Breitenbach (Bill) and brother-in-law, Thomas Benner, Jr (Eunice) all of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews, of which he was the favorite uncle. In addition to his parents, Leroy was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Cole; son-in-law, Scott Jaqueth, and brother-in-law, Jim Brickey. The family would like to thank Drs Skidmore, Black and Guglielmo for the excellent care given to Leroy these past 12 years, and to Hospice of Spokane for the compassionate services provided. Special thanks to Denise and Tim Coyle for being such good stewards of the community where Leroy and Frances resided as it brought Leroy joy and now for Frances, solace, to live in such beautiful surroundings. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm, Saturday June 16, 2018, at Spokane Valley Assembly of God Church, 15618 E Broadway Ave, with Pastor Richard Viel officiating. Burial will follow at Pines Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Hospice of Spokane. Online condolences may be sent to: “Always stay humble and kind”


  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Reception Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Lisa Swanson

June 14, 2018

I had the occasion to meet Leroy several times over the past 20 years. He was such a nice person and seemed to make the "best" out of everything. I'm saddened that he has now passed on. My condolences to the Lykins family - but with time, peace comes in knowing what a happy life you shared.

Sue Riley

June 11, 2018

This man was one of my father's closest friends, and I grew up with his family. They are in so many of my fond childhood memories. My heart goes out to them. Give Daddy a hug for me please when you see him . I am sure a fishing trip is already in the works.

Gail Parker

June 10, 2018

God Bless Family and Friends. Leroy was a great man and he will be sorely missed.
He always had something nice to say,and he had a great sense of humor.
Leroys Deli had the best bbq chicken and pizza.
Have missed going there and hearing him say"ya'll come back now"

Shawn Parker

June 9, 2018

I remember getting a friend request from Leroy I accepted it with a smile,it brought back fond memories of My hometown. Leroy was a fixture of libby for many years and will be missed by all that knew him.i can hear him saying ...come back again!! When My mother was fighting cancer he always asked how Georgie was saddened deeply to hear of his passing .I hope you're hunting and fishing Leroy!! My love and prayers are with his family. RIP Leroy!

Jerrile Zachreson

June 9, 2018

To the Lykins family, i am so glad i saw this posting. My love to you all, especially to Francis his dear wife and our dear friend. Your family is part of Libby's history. The bldg where the deli was in will always be known as Leroys no matter what other businesses occupy it. My love and hugs to you all at this time of mourning.

Alice and Jim Hayes

June 9, 2018

Leroy was such a special friend and the best ‘deli’ owner Libby ever had! He was loved and appreciated by so many and will never be forgotten. RIP Leroy. Alice and Jim Hayes

Colleen Parker

June 9, 2018

So sad to hear of Leroy’s passing.
He was a wonderfully kind man who I always remember fondly and seemed like a huge part of mine and I’m sure a lot of others childhood in Libby.
Going to the HiWay Deli was a treat and he always had a smile and a “come back again “... I can still see his face and hear him saying that😊
I was very happy to receive his friend request and be able to see his life now and communicate a little in the past few years.
RIP Leroy... your one of the last of the good guys

Dennis Welch

June 9, 2018

I'm not very good at this but here goes. Lerory was a fine man I can remember going in the hi-way deli for years as a kid and he was always so friendly, if you were a nickle or a dime short he always let you slide till the next time you came in. He was nevere harsh to anyone . Prayers to the family and everyone who new himbecause if you met him once he was always your friend god bless, leroy you will be missed.

Toni Holbrook

June 9, 2018

Uncle Leroy will always be missed by me, I will always remember the times of the big get togethers at grandma Lykins, that we had and that smile he always had, he was one of my favorite uncles and I will always remember that, Leroy will be missed awhole lot from me, Love you Leroy, and will miss you. Your Niece Toni