LeROY - Leo G. McCormick, 86, of LeRoy died at 9:20 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 19, 2006) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Presbyterian Church, LeRoy. The Rev. Paul deJong and the Rev. Fred Belcher will officiate.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, 101 W. Center St., LeRoy, with an Odd Fellows memorial service by the LeRoy IOOF Lodge 149 at 7:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the American Alzheimer's Association or the First United Presybeterian Church of LeRoy.
He was born April 25, 1920, in St. Elmo. He was a son of George G. and Ada Ethel (Sidener) McCormick. He married Dorothy M. Buss on Jan. 20, 1946, in LeRoy. She survives in LeRoy.
He also is survived by one son, Dennis (Judy) McCormick of LeRoy; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl McCormick of LeRoy; five grandchildren, Jason (Gara) McCormick of LeRoy; Brandie McCormick of Charlette, N.C.; Brian McCormick of Bloomington; Elizabeth (William) Cresap of White Heath; and Brittany McCormick of Normal; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, and one son, Gary McCormick.
He was a World War II Army veteran and served in the European Theater in the 9th Armored Division, 89th Calvary Recon Squadron, and was a recipient of three Bronze Stars. He was instrumental in gaining control of the Remagen Bridge at the Rhine River in Germany with allied forces and participated in liberating concentration camps in the former Czechoslovakia and was in the campaign of the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a member of the IOOF Lodge 149 in LeRoy–;and served three terms as nobel grand. He served also as the district deputy for IOOF District 48 and regional director for IOOF Region 5. He served as grand marshal of the Gran IOOF Lodge and served as a member of the IOOF State Lodge Scholarship Committee. He was a member of the Ruel Neal Post 79, American Legion, LeRoy, and a member of the Machinist Lodge 1000 in Bloomington as well as a member of the McLean County Farm Bureau and a member of the May Queen Rebekah Lodge 210 in LeRoy.
The family extends special thanks for the special care provided by Dixie Wardrip and all that she has done.