LeRoy Taber, 87

LeRoy Taber, age 87, of Michigan, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, after waging an eight-year battle against MDS.

He was born Feb. 1, 1927, in Hector.

LeRoy dutifully served his country during World War II aboard the USS Hanson DD832, a destroyer of the Gearing Class.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mavis Taber (nee Lahr), whom he married May 9, 1953.

He is also survived by his six children, Coleen Grooms (Damian), Sue Seitz (Chris), Cindy Gayheart (Troy), Linda Stepanovich, Patty Rohen (Jerry), and Scott Taber (Kris).

Throughout his life, he was blessed with the presence of his 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

LeRoy is further survived by his brother, Paul Taber; and sister Pat Johnson (Andy); brothers-in-law Edwin Lahr (Lynne), and Myron Lahr (Lucille); sisters-in-law Marcella Major, Dianna Boetcher (Jerry), and Renee Lahr; as well as many nieces and nephews.

After a long and distinguished career in the lumber business, including Wickes Corporation and Smith Groen in Grand Rapids, and designing many homes throughout West Michigan, he spent much of his retirement operating a golf course in Minnesota, playing golf and enjoying the company of his family and friends.

Roy had been an active member of Hope Lutheran Church for over 45 years, serving on many different committees.

A memorial service took place Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, MI, with Pastor Dan Gruenwald officiating.

Private interment of cremains will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made as a donation in memory of LeRoy Taber to Michigan Blood, PO Box 1704, Grand Rapids, MI 49501; or Hope Lutheran Church, 100 Packard Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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