ALPENA — LeRoy E. Jager, 79, of Alpena, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at his residence.
His funeral service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, at the United Parish of Alpena with burial following in Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday followed by a prayer service and time of sharing at 7 p.m. at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron; or visitation one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday at the church.
Leroy Edward Jager was born on July 6, 1938, near Alpena to Edward and Minnie Jager. He attended school in rural Alpena through eighth grade and then started farming with his dad. He married Diane Parkhurst August 12, 1967, in De Smet. They lived in the De Smet area for a few years where he worked as a farmhand. In 1971, they returned to the Alpena area, where he worked for various farmers and on his own 160-acre hobby farm.
He enjoyed buying, fixing, and selling classic tractors, as well as helping those who rented his pasture with their cattle. Leroy also was a talented musician. He enjoyed playing the guitar, accordion, and piano. In addition to being a caring husband, Leroy was a fun-loving dad and grandpa. On Sunday afternoons, he could often be found either in a card game or a ball game with his grandchildren.
Thankful to have shared his life is his wife of 50 years, Diane. He is also survived by three children, Valerie Hoffman of Martinsburg W.V., Vince Jager and Lori Keleher both of Huron; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Ordell Kopfmann.