Leory E. Van CleaveLeroy E. Van Cleave, 60, Wahpeton, ND died on Thursday January 10, 2013 at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Fargo, ND. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday January 15, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, ND at 11:00 A.M. with Rev. Jim Gustafson officiating. Interment at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton. Military Honors with ND Military Honors and Wahpeton Military Honor Guard. Visitation will be held on Monday at the Willow Creek Chapel (920 3rd Avenue North) Wahpeton from 5:00-8:00 P.M., with a 7 PM Prayer Service. There will also be visitation one hour before the service on Tuesday.
Leroy was born March 23, 1952 at Breckenridge, MN the son of Gerald and Kay (Carr) Van Cleave. He grew up south of Wahpeton and attended rural school at Center and Summit. He attended junior high and high school in Wahpeton and entered the US Air Force. Leroy married Patricia Armstrong on December 2, 1972. He served for seven years as an environmental specialist in various bases in the US, including Southeast Asia until 1978, with the rank of Technical Sergeant. He returned to the Wahpeton area and joined the Air National Guard for the next twenty years; being proud of his association with the “Happy Hooligans”. During this time he drove truck privately and with Murphy Transfer, Three Rivers Trucking, Wahpeton; Charlie Green and Hi-Tech. He married Eileen Nelson on September 17, 1993, they made their home in Wahpeton. In recent years as health declined he enjoyed remodeling and woodworking.