Fredrick “LeRoy” Borer, 84, of Rochester, Ind., died Oct. 31, 2019, at Woodlawn Hospital.
LeRoy was born June 25, 1935, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of Frederick and Dorthiel Valentine Borer.
He married Mary Alice Butler on April 10, 1954, in Angola, Ind., and they were married for 58 years before her death.
With a passion for agriculture, LeRoy was a lifelong farmer. He was primarily a crop farmer, planting corn, beans and wheat, while turning the dirt, planting with John Deere equipment. His favorite was his general-purpose A. The auctions at Polk Brothers and Yoder & Frey were a stopping place to check out the farm implements. His collection of unique pedal tractors was treasured.
He enjoyed the speed of the Daytona 500 and the local Angola Speedway. Country music concerts at the Buck Lake Ranch were a great way for him to relax. While on the road, the Iowa 80 Truckstop was the stop for a great meal and camaraderie. An annual trip to the Threshers Convention in June was close to his birthday and always enjoyed. LeRoy loved to watch Mike and Frank make deals on the “American Pickers” TV show.
LeRoy is survived by two daughters, Joyce (and Marty) Dominique of Angola, and Janice Hawk (and Russell) Giesler of Leiters Ford, Ind.; three sons, Dave (and Mary) Borer of Fayette, Ohio, Don (Patricia Burke) Borer of Monterey, Ind., and John (and Michelle) Borer of Morenci, Mich.; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Carol Gillen of Lima, Ohio, Sara Sinex of Phoenix, Ariz., Julie (and Larry) Kuney of Maumee, Ohio, and Marcia (and Greg) Regan of Lyons, Ohio; a brother, Philip (and Laura) Borer of Summerfield, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother-in-law James Gillen; and son-in-law Randy Hawk.
A celebration of life is planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester, with Pastor Bob Metzger officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. Interment will be in the Leiters Ford IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Rochester High School Future Farmers of America.