In Memory of LeRoy E. Farley

LeRoy E. Farley
LeRoy E. Farley
Born: January 14, 1930
Died: February 21, 2021
Age: 91
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LeRoy E. Farley
January 14, 1930 - February 21, 2021
From: Ida Grove, IA

LeRoy E. Farley, age 91, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, March 1, 2021, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa, with military rites conducted by the McNamara-Moore Post # 61 of the American Legion of Ida Gove, Iowa.  Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 28, 2021, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of Ida Grove, Iowa. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged and social distancing rules apply during all services. Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

LeRoy Edwin Farley was the son of Frances Jerome Farley and Florence May (Edwards) Farley, born January 14, 1930, in Manchester, IA.  The family lived in Waterloo, IA, where he graduated from Sacred Heart Catholic High School in 1949.  After graduation from high school, he began working for Woolworth Department Stores, as an Assistant Manager in Waterloo.  In 1948, he enlisted in the Navy and was placed on active duty in 1952 through 1953.  Upon returning from the military, he resumed working for Woolworth in Red Oak, IA.  LeRoy met the love of his life, JoAnn Freeman, while working in Red Oak, IA.  They were united in marriage August 5, 1957, in Red Oak.  While in Red Oak, LeRoy and JoAnn welcomed three children into their lives, Kevin, Kim and Kristi.  They then moved to Racine, WI, and made their way to Ida Grove, IA, in March of 1962, where they welcomed two more children, Kyle and Keri.

While in Ida Grove, LeRoy opened the Five and Dime Store, before transitioning into men’s clothing, where he owned and operated Farley’s Clothing for 38 years.  LeRoy also enjoyed driving the school bus in Ida Grove for 17 years.  During his lifetime, LeRoy devoted much of his time to his community, serving on many committees and service organizations.  He participated in many beautification projects in Ida Grove, the Historical Society, the Knights of Columbus and remained faithful to his church, giving much of his time to others.  He was an avid gardener and always had a beautifully landscaped yard and vegetable garden.  LeRoy was a man of great kindness, patience, integrity and compassion, who loved spending time with his family and friends. 

LeRoy’s life will always be loved, honored and cherished by his family which includes his five children: Kevin (Beth) Farley of Ida Grove and their children Amanda (Neil) Carroll and Dustin (Brittney) Farley; Kim (Neil) Schumacher of Lincoln, NE and their children Mandi Atkinson, Christopher (Jessica) Schumacher and Shawn (Chelsea) Schumacher; Kristi (Derek) Drury of Holstein and their children Nathan (Alicia) Drury and Aaron (Elizabeth) Drury; Kyle (Cathryn) Farley of Kansas City, MO and their children Austin Farley, Reece Farley and Ryland Jones; and Keri (Kevin) Weber of Ida Grove and their children Kirstin (Brayton) Grote and Kylee Weber; 16 great grandchildren and his brother, Leon (Elaine) Farley of San Diego, CA; Sister-In-Law, Darliss Farley of Waterloo, IA, along with many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 60 years (JoAnn), his sisters, Dorothy (Carl) Deckler and Gertrude (Wayne) Sheppard and his brother, William Farley.


10:00 a.m., Monday
March 1, 2021
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Honorary Pallbearers
Amanda Carroll
Mandi Atkinson
Kirstin Grote
Kylee Weber
Ryland Jones
Reece Farley
Nathan Drury
Dustin Farley
Christopher Schumacher
Aaron Drury
Shawn Schumacher
Austin Farley


2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Here I Am Lord"
"Gift of Finest Wheat"
"One Bread, One Body"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa

Military Rites Conducted by:
McNamara-Moore Post # 61
of the American Legion
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:07 AM
“So sorry to hear of your lose—LeRoy was so kind and a great person. I think of your mom when we worked together at VEITS Floral. LEROY will be missed by many!! FREIDA”
- Freida (Veit) Stehr
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:07 AM
“Such fond memories of LeRoy-never saw him without that smile and ready to lend a hand. He'd stand and watch as I'd walk home after babysitting to make sure I made it safely. Always appreciated that. My prayers are with you all.
- Lue Baker
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:07 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to the family of LeRoy and JoAnn,

In recent days I have been doing some sorting and coming across several items made for me by LeRoy and JoAnn. They were such a great pair in turning out their distinguished woodworking items. Just recently I found the old snowmobile suit I bought at Farley's, in the late 1970s or early 1980s. The cleaners is now mending it for me, and then I shall wear it again.

Le Roy was such a wonderful friend of the Pioneer Record. We just felt his support all the time. I recently found a photo of the eight Ida Grove friends who visited me in Le Mars after I moved there in 1995. Four of the eight are now gone. I will attempt to get that photo to the family.

I appreciate what LeRoy and JoAnn did for the Ida County Historical Society, too. They were definitely cornerstones of Ida Grove.

God bless their memory,

Judy Bowman”
- Judy Bowman
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 9:07 AM
“Kyle and family,

My wife and I offer our sincerest condolences for your loss. In reading about your Dad he most assuredly lived his life to the fullest and was a generous man. Kyle, I can see why you are the great person that you are and I am certain your Dad is proud of you. Leroy is once again with your Mom , along with all those preceding and sharing the best of times. May God bless you and keep you in this time of loss, yet celebration of your Dad’s life.

Donn and Becky Berkeland”
- Donn Berkeland
Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:56 AM
“So very sorry. Leroy was very kind. Prayers to all of you. ”
- Sue Birocci
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Leroy was a great person. He will be missed.”
- Byron Hartwig
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM
“I always enjoyed seeing your Dad/Grandpa because he always had a smile. He certainly was a great businessmam & supporter of all community activities. Sincere sympathy to you all.”
- Judy Andresen
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:23 PM
“God’s peace and comfort to Leroy’s family - I was fortunate to serve with Leroy in the retail community and he was a well respected businessman and good friend - he was truly a vital part of the times - he now receives his true reward in Jesus’ name.”
- Tom Hiller
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:27 AM
“Our prayers to all. Leroy was a gentle soul. May he enjoy eternal life.”
- Marie & Robert Baker
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 2:53 PM
“Sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family ”
- Cheryl Klein
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