AMerican Veteran 11

Leroy William Wimmer

March 28, 1949 ~ February 27, 2022 (age 72)


Leroy William Wimmer, 72, North Manchester, passed away February 27, 2022 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The son of William Perry and Patricia Lee (Smith) Wimmer, Leroy was born March 28, 1949 in Marion, Indiana.

After graduating from Southwood High School in 1968, Leroy enlisted in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970, and served in Vietnam. He returned home and was employed at General Tire in Wabash, Indiana before moving on to work for Manchester Tool and Die and BKB Manufacturing. During his days at BKB Manufacturing, Leroy worked in Shipping and Receiving and was a Supervisor for many years. It was in January of 2012 that Leroy retired after forty years with BKB Manufacturing and Manchester Tool and Die.

Leroy was a loving father of three daughters, Annette, Amy and Angela. He was also a lifelong lover of basketball. In 2006, he began a relationship with Debra Jayne Grist who he married on August 18, 2012.

A competitive athlete by nature, he participated in basketball, cross-country and track throughout high school. Later in life, he enjoyed playing basketball games on his PlayStation as well as fishing and gardening. Leroy was an avid IU basketball fan and member of the American Legion. He was also a former member of Wabash Christian Church.

The loving memory of Leroy William Wimmer will be forever cherished by his wife, Debra Jayne Grist, North Manchester; daughters, Annette (Mike) Wright, Wabash, Amy (Andy) Eads, Urbana, and Angela (Ryan) Iden, New Haven; brother, Bill (Patsy) Wimmer, Columbia City, and grandchildren, Austin (Kaley) Eads, Aden Eads, Anna Simpson, and Isaiah Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Perry and Patricia Lee (Smith) Wimmer; sister, Helen Elizabeth Acosta, and brother-in-law, Dave Acosta.

A graveside service will be March 19, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, County Road 300 East and County Road 1000 North, Servia, Indiana. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate.

There will be a gathering of friends and family on May 1, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Eads barn, 4725 East 200 North, Urbana, Indiana 46990.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Leroy William Wimmer, memorials may be made to Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave, Wabash, IN 46992.

The family of Leroy William Wimmer has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.

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Graveside Service
March 19, 2022

12:00 PM
Fairview Cemetery
300 East
Servia, IN 46980

Gathering of Family and Friends
May 1, 2022

1:00 PM
Eads barn
4725 East 200 North
Urbana, IN 46990


Wabash County Animal Shelter
810 Manchester Avenue, Wabash IN 46992

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