by Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
LeRoy Louis Jirik, 88 of Springfield, MO, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 at Mercy Hospital following a long illness. He was born April 14, 1930 in Oran, MO to Simon and Philomena Schramm Jirik.
He attended Chaffee, MO high school graduating in 1949. In December 1951 he was drafted into the Marine Corps, serving two years. He was a farmer, carpenter, and worked in the maintenance department for Jumping Jack Shoes in Monett, MO until his retirement. He lived in the Verona and Monett area and moved to Springfield in 1996.
He became an active member in the American Legion Post #91 in Monett, MO. He served as Post Adjutant, Post Commander for three terms, Post Scouting Representative for Scout Pack #140, and Explorers #38. He was also appointed to serve American Legion 15th District as Adjutant, Commander, and Barry County Commander as well as other committees. Member of the 40/8 Mineral Area Voiture 1321, and is presently a member of the American Legion Post #676.
On January 30, 1954 he married Marry Ann Schmidt who proceeded him in death on March 11, 2009. He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Oddo and her husband, Ed of Exeter, NH, Marilyn Fare and her husband Steve of Willard, MO, Donna Jirik of Springfield, MO, one grandson, Caleb Fare of Willard, MO. He is also survived by two brothers, Norman Jirik and wife Jonnie of Heber Springs, AR, and David Jirik and wife Marie of Farmington, MO, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank, and his parents.
Visitation will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 E. Seminole in Springfield, MO Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5:00 PM with rosary to follow at 7:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM in St. Agnes Cathedral, 533 S. Jefferson, Springfield, MO with Rev. Tom Kiefer celebrant. Burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Springfield, MO with full Military Honors.
Special thanks to my loving family, to my daughters for their care, and a special thanks to The Gardens Assisted Living, Springfield Rehab and especially the doctors and staff at Mercy Hospital.