Leroy E. Sekardi

March 25, 1931January 26, 2013

Leroy E Sekardi, 81, formerly of Springfield, living in Christopher, IL, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. Leroy was born on March 25, 1931 in Mulkeytown, IL, the son of John and Adella (Joost) Sekardi. He married Patricia Brandis on June 13, 1959 in Springfield. She preceded him in death in 2006. He later married Peggy Wayne on February 11, 2009. She preceded him in death in 2011. Leroy proudly served our country during the Korean War in the Navy. After his service to our country he went to work at Fiat Allis for 30 years until he retired in 1985. He later worked at Horace Mann, retiring in 1996. Leroy was very active during his retirement. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield, later becoming an active member at St. Andrew’s in Christopher, IL, he was a member of VFW Post 755, American Legion Post 528 in Christopher, IL, the Polka Club of America, Knights of Columbus 3943 in Christopher, IL, and a former member of the Illinois State Police Auxillary. Leroy loved spending time with his grandchildren and watching them in their different sports activities. He was also an avid Cardinal’s fan. Surviving are his son David (Rhia) Sekardi of Chatham; 5 grandchildren, Vanessa, Joshua, Jaimie, Christopher, and Matthew; son-in-law, Dan Barrett; his siblings, Marie Dunn of Chicago, Raymond Sekardi of Oregon, and Barbara Rhine of Coello, IL, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Dawn Barrett in 2007. A memorial mass will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11 am at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 1725 S Walnut St Springfield IL 62704 with Fr. Jeff Grant celebrating the mass. A memorial gathering will be held at 10 am until the time of mass at the church. Inurnment will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery with the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail providing military honors. Memorials may be made to the Benld Adopt- a- Pet Shelter, or to the Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, February 1, 2013

Leroy E. Sekardi

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Judith Miller

February 1, 2013

David, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I remember him well from all of those years ago. He was such a nice man. My prayers are with you.

January 30, 2013

Vanessa and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. God bless you during this time of grief.

Ashlynne and Sven

Laurie Dunn Harjes

January 30, 2013

Dear Dave and family, I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My prayers are with you at this time. Laurie Dunn Harjes

Ron and Donna Spencer

January 30, 2013

David-Kevin called us in Arizona to let us know about your dad. So sorry to hear of his passing. We used to have so much fun with your mom and dad when you kids were little. May God bless you and your family at this time. Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you.

Tony Little

January 30, 2013

So sorry to hear about the lost of your Father Dave, I always enjoyed Leroy and your Mom and family coming out to Iles Park and Supporting are team the Parking Lot Bunch at games .I know Leroy enjoyed the after game cookouts in the park and talking about his beloved Cardinals . May he rest in peace and may God bless him and your family at this time .

January 30, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.


January 30, 2013

Dave..your dad was a great man...He was kind and loving to me and my children. We will miss him.

Vic and Jean Kretz

January 30, 2013

We are going to miss our good friend. All members of our class of 1950 meant so much to him and he meant so much to us. We had a special bond. RIP Dear Friend.

Vivian Jones

January 29, 2013

Dear Rhia, Dave, Vanessa & boys,
So sorry for your loss. You're in my prayers.
Sincerely, Vivian

January 29, 2013

Dear Barbara: Many, many years of knowing you and your family--all cherished memories.
With heartfelt sympathy to you on the loss of your brother.
Willa McGovern Dunleavy