LEROY D. GIRARDOT, 87, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Van Crest Nursing Home, Delphos, Ohio. Born Dec. 6, 1924, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Simon and Opal Girardot. He was a lifelong resident of New Haven. He married his cherished wife, Lois Irene (Hey) on May 4, 1946; she passed on Nov. 18, 2000. He retired from International Harvester after 31 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army World War II and was wounded in action at Livergnamo, Italy on Oct. 18, 1944. He was awarded the Bronze Battle Star, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon and a Purple Heart. He held all offices in the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 40 in Fort Wayne. He was an inspiration to all of his family and friends by being a constant role model of unconditional love, honesty with an ornery sense of humor. He was an avid fisherman throughout his life. He also was an active golfer, bowler, Little League coach, Adult Supervisor of the Meadowbrook Teen Club, Box Office Manager for the Fort Wayne Komets, and was respected and loved by all who knew him. He is survived by his children, LeeDell Girardot (Linda, deceased) of Fort Wayne, Leslie Girardot of Atlanta, Ga. and Lynn (Mike) Scholfield of Lima, Ohio; brother, Simon (Gladys) of Mears, Mich.; and his steadfast brother and sisters-in-law, Bill (June) Hey of Willshire, Ohio, Judy Hey of Lima, Ohio, and Sheldon Bresin of California. He was also the adored and loved grandfather of Lori (Phillip) Fricks, Jenifer (Steve) Smith, John (Marcia) Girardot, and Mathew Girardot; four great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Virgil and Kimsey; and a sister, Mary. Memorial service is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Wayne Karges officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in memory of their dad to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To share online condolences, please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com

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