LeRoy O. Small

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May 8, 1937 ˜ December 30, 2018

LeRoy O. Small, 81, a lifelong resident of Clark County, WA, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in a Vancouver, WA hospital surrounded by loving family. He was born May 8, 1937, in Vancouver where he attended Vancouver High School and graduated in 1955.
LeRoy married Roberta Smith ’Tootie’ on Jan. 8, 1957. Then they moved to Ft. Richarson, AK where he served in the U.S. Army.
Returning to Vancouver, he worked as a union sheet metal worker for 37 years before retiring in 1999. He lived in Vancouver and Camas prior to residing in Ridgefield.
LeRoy enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, spending winters in Yuma, AZ, camping, watching football cheering for the Seahawks, Huskies and Cougars and creating metal artwork in his home shop.
LeRoy was an extremely creative craftsman which included metal artwork and redesigning and rebuilding of RV’s and homes. He and Tootie enjoyed dancing to country music and listening to all types of music styles. He taught his daughters and grandchildren to be independent and self-reliant.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Roberta L. ‘Tootie’ Small of Ridgefield; brother, Raymond M. Small, Jr. of Vancouver; daughters, Linda G. Small, Judy L. Joplin (Paul) and Shelly K. Lanz (Brian), all of Vancouver; grandchildren, Sara L. Joplin of Pullman, WA and Eric D. Lanz and Michael L. Lanz, both of Vancouver; and one great-grandson, James D. Lanz of Riverton, UT.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his father, Raymond M. Small Sr. in 1968; mother, Harriett A. Lowery in 2000; brother, Ronald C. Small in 1960; and a sister, Bonnie Davidson-Reed in 2015.
A funeral and graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver, WA, also where he will be interred. Following the service, family and friends are invited to a luncheon at the family home in Ridgefield.
Special thanks to Dr. Shawn He and the staff at the Vancouver Infusion Center at The Vancouver Clinic.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 6, 2019
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