LeRoy A. Kelchen, 80, of Dyersville, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.
Visitation was held from 2-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service was held at 1:30 p.m. Visitation continued from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday prior to funeral services.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Tyler Raymond officiated.
LeRoy was born June 21, 1939, in Worthington, the son of Peter and Florence (Leigh) Kelchen. He married Roselyn Boge April 15, 1963, in Dyersville. They spent 56 years together. During that time he loved her and was very protective of her. They walked together through all of life’s challenges and celebrations. He and Roselyn farmed east of Dyersville since 1965, and he worked for Charles Hermsen Implement for 34 years. LeRoy loved playing eucher, spending time with family and all things IH.
Survivors include his wife, Roselyn: children: Bruce (Marcia) Kelchen, of New Vienna, Bryan (Shelley) Kelchen, of Dyersville, Kyle (Mary Jo) Kelchen, of Epworth, Laura Kelchen, of Marion; two daughters-in-law, Lori Kelchen, of Asbury and Tina Kelchen, of Bellevue; grandchildren: Jacob, Joshua, James and Kaitlin Kelchen, Mark (Amanda), Travis (Kylie), and Tyler (Aspen) Kelchen, Shelby, Cody (fiancé Vanesa Franklin), Lucas and Anthony Kelchen, Cole and Nick Kelchen, Emma, Nicole, Shane and Tate Kelchen; great grandchildren: Sawyer, Tayah and Stella Kelchen; siblings: Elsie Althoff, of Earlville and Harold (Pearl) Kelchen, of Cedar Rapids; in-laws: Roseanne Kelchen and Mary Kelchen, both of Edgewood, Norma Kelchen, of Manchester, Vernon (Sheila) Boge and Donald Boge, both of Dyersville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Charles and Emily (Recker) Boge; two sons, Lyle and Mitchell Kelchen; a daughter, Loretta Kelchen; siblings: Ernie (Erma and Marianne) Kelchen, Lloyd Kelchen, Eugene Kelchen, Leon (Dixie) Kelchen, Gerald Kelchen, Verna Kelchen and Grace (Clete) Burkle, and a brother-in-law, Emil Althoff.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.