Allen LeRoy Wolfenden, age 77 of rural Cherry County Nebraska, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Cherry County Hospital in Valentine, Nebraska. LeRoy was born on July 18, 1940, to Warren and Eunice (Pearman) Wolfenden.
LeRoy spent his childhood years on the family ranch southwest of Valentine. He graduated from Mullen High School in 1957, at the age of 16. Later, he attended Milford Technical College.
On October 9, 1960, LeRoy married the love of his life, Kay Andersen, in Mullen. To this union three son were born: Rick, Robert and Cyrus. LeRoy was a devoted husband and father. A lifelong Sandhills rancher, he was also a school board member, 4-H leader and very much involved in the lives of his sons and then his grandchildren. LeRoy went out of his way to help people in need and had a deep protective love for his wife and children.
A private pilot with a great passion for flying, LeRoy was a member of the AOPA and other flying organizations. He enjoying hunting and passed the love of hunting on to others. LeRoy was also a lifetime member of the NRA and other wildlife organizations.
LeRoy is survived by Kay, his wife of 57 years; son Rick (Joyce) of Valentine; son Bob (Betty) of Wadena, Minn.; son Cyrus (Becky) of Valentine; granddaughter Stacie (Luke) Magness of Deerwood, Minn.; grandson Ryan (Kelsie) Wolfenden of Aberdeen, S.D.; grandchildren Angel, C.R., Danielle, Morgan, Conn and Cole Wolfenden of Valentine; granddaughter Victoria (Dustin) Frank of Valentine; great-grandchildren Peyton, Tucker and Landon Wolfenden and Henry Magness; brother Lawnie (Patty) Wolfenden of Mullen; sisters-in-law Alyce Wolfenden and Robina Wolfenden; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert Earl, Jerry and Billy; infant brother Melvin Lee; sister-in-law Karen Wolfenden; and nephews Shayne Wolfenden and Troy Benner.
A celebration of life memorial service was held June 30, 2018, at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Valentine. LeRoy’s ashes will be flown over his ranch and released in a private family ceremony at a later date.
Memorials may be made in care of the family for the Tucker Wolfenden cancer treatment fund for LeRoy’s two-year-old great-grandson.
LeRoy’s ashes will be flown over his ranch and released in a private ceremony at a later date.