LeRoy A. Wonch, 78, of Harlingen, Texas, passed away March 1,2014.
He was born on June 7, 1935, to Cecil and Helen (Nichelson) Wonch in Lantry, S.D. As a young boy, he moved with his parents to a farm east of Arnold. He attended school in Arnold.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955, serving with the Armed Forces No. 538 Artillery Battalion in Germany. LeRoy was honorably discharged in 1957, serving two years after that with the Army Reserves.
He moved with his family to North Platte in 1966. He was employed at the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office, serving under Gordon “Hop” Gilster for several years. He moved to Columbus in 1991, working for Minnesota Corn Plant. When he retired, he moved to Harlingen, Texas, where he enjoyed the warmth, his special lawn care and his pet, Skeeter.
He is survived by his three children, Chris J. Roenfeldt, of Grand Island, Melanie L. Hall, of Kearney, and Michael L. (Jeremi) Wonch, of Olathe, Kan.; grandchildren, Hilary (James) Leigl, of Grand Island, Joseph Hall, of North Platte, and Seth Wonch, of Olathe, Kan.; great-grandson, Thomas Leigl; brother, James (Rose) Wonch, of Stapleton; sisters, Eva Munnel, of North Platte, Kathy (Albert) Phillips, of Houston, Texas, and Carolyn Schneider, of North Platte; several nieces and nephews, cousins; close friends and Wayne Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Cory L. Went; a niece, Shirley Weber Torres; brothers-in-law, Maynard Weber and Red Schneider.
Cremation was chosen and at his request no service will be held. A celebration of his life will be on June 7 with a time announcement at a later date. Cards and memorials on his behalf maybe sent to Chris Roenfeldt, 235 No Grace, No. 3. Grand Island, NE 68803.