Leroy Thetford, age 87, of Odessa TX., was called to his heavenly home on April 23, 2019.
Leroy was born August 31, 1931 in Elida New Mexico, to John and Ruth Thetford. On October 11, 1952 he married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Griffis and they spent the next 66 years together. Together they had three children: Richard, Deborah and Linda.
Leroy graduated from Stathmore High School, in Strathmore California. After High School he joined the Navy on December 28, 1950 and worked as a boiler Operator on various ships until his discharge on October 29, 1954.
After the Navy, Leroy and Bonnie moved to Palmdale California. Leroy began working for Southern California Gas Company. He worked as a pipeline welder and service technician, for over 30 years, until his retirement September 1, 1986.
Leroy and Bonnie took their children on many trips across the United States in their trusty red Ford truck and overhead camper. Those trips often included Leroy competing in high power rifle target shooting. He also was the president of the Desert Marksman Rifle and Pistol Club in California for many years. He also was in the shooters Hall of Fame. Leroy coached Palmdale Little League and Pony League baseball for over 10 years.
After Leroy retired from the Southern California gas co, He and Bonnie moved to Capitan, New Mexico. During this time they became snowbirds to Phoenix, Arizona in the winter and enjoyed their time there with friends from all over the country. During this time Leroy learned to do wood carvings, which friends and family treasure. Leroy never met a stranger; he loved to talk to everyone. He loved teasing and picking on them. He also loved his coffee.
Leroy was a Christian and enjoyed many wonderful times and friendships with his church family.
Leroy is survived by his wife, Bonnie Griffis Thetford. Son, and his wife, Richard and Malinda Thetford, and children Daniel, Kristin, Caleb, and Kaleena. Daughter and husband, Deborah and Jim Hays, children Michelle Duran, and Anthony Duran and his wife Ceylina and their children Elliott and Fern. Daughter and her husband, Linda and Clayton Dennis and their children Joshua and his wife Nicole Dennis, Zachary, Alexandria, and Jayden.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be at 12:00 PM, Monday, April 29, 2019 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, with a memorial service to take place following at Sherwood Church of Christ.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Odessa Christian School.
Special thanks to Sienna Nursing home for their special care of our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, we will miss him. He had a wonderful life.
Dear Linda and Family,
My heart is heavy hearing of your Dad's passing. I know he was a good man, Father, Grandfather and a Christian we all can love and appreciate his quiet works. Prayers for those times that may the heart heavy with grief and the joys of remembrance that he was our Brother in Christ.
My love to you Linda, and family.
Diane (church of Christ - Laurel)
Diane ThreatLinthicum Heights, MD
Uncle Leroy left a lasting impression on everyone he met. His compassion, humor, and thoughtfulness will always remain in my memory. He was dearly loved!
Diana Fay DiazCanyon Country, CA
Prayers for comfort and peace in these hard days. He sounds like an amazing man who is rejoicing with his savior. May the many happy memories bring smiles at this dark time. Rest In Peace.
Deann KingOdessa, TX
Linda and family, saddened to hear of the loss of your father. I pray your love for the Lord and each other, as well as your many memories will comfort you.
Sandra VincentNewaygo, MI
Leroy was a family friend of ours for many, many years. We grew up with the Thetford's going to church together and grew to love each of them very much. Leroy had a great sense of humor and always made you laugh. A very kind and loving husband, father, and friend. Time and distance separated us from each other, but he will always hold a special place in my heart growing up with him. My love to all the family, and thanks for all the good times we shared together.
Colleen McCuneCosta Mesa, CA