LeRoy Leonard Ehmke, age 72, passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.
He was born March 5, 1946, in Nebraska City, and grew up on a farm just outside Syracuse. LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby (Wohlers) and Leonard Ehmke of Syracuse; his brother-in-law William Waynick, and sister-in-law Marcia (Ross) Ehmke.
LeRoy is survived by his three children: John Ehmke (Christine Catlett) of Manhattan, Kan., (and grandchildren Grace and Colton Ehmke); Gregory Ehmke of Omaha; and Susan Bowman of Omaha (and grandchildren Ethan and Jack Bowman).
He is also survived by his sister Dianna Waynick of Springfield, Missouri, his brother Gary Ehmke of Syracuse, and several beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
After graduating from Syracuse High School in 1964, LeRoy attended Milford Trade School at Milford, Nebraska. He then joined the US Navy and served in Vietnam.
Following his service in the Navy, he was employed by Pendleton Woolen Mills in both Nebraska City and Bellevue, worked at the Miller Hat Factory in Corsicana, Texas; and later at Walmart in Bellevue, until his retirement. He was a member of the American Legion.
LeRoy was a diehard Huskers fan, and when he wasn't watching football (or the Weather Channel), he enjoyed many years of attending toy shows and collecting toys, especially John Deere collectibles. When he traveled, he stopped at implement dealerships all over the US, looking for pieces to add to his collection.
Visitation and services were held on Friday, Feb. 15, at Bethany Funeral Home. Burial was at the Omaha National Cemetery with full Military Honors.
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