Leroy L. Spilman, 88, of Clinton, passed away on Oct. 9, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita, three brothers, Wayne, Marvin and Donald, and one sister, Josephine.
LeRoy was a big Mariners fan and loved rooting for them while watching their games on television. He was an avid gardener for many years and especially loved growing tulips, which he enjoyed sharing with many neighbors and friends.
LeRoy was a regular customer at Neil’s Cloverpatch Cafe for several years after his wife passed. He went there for breakfast every morning, until he was no longer able to drive.
LeRoy was born on Jan. 8, 1930 in Hinckley, Minn., to parents Benjamin and Mabel Spilman. He spent all of his youth in Minnesota along with 14 brothers and sisters. He enlisted in the Army as a young man and served from 1951-53, during which he saw combat in the Korean War.
Following his years in the Army, LeRoy moved to Richland, Wash., and found employment at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where he worked as a reactor operator until his retirement in 1987.
In 1989, LeRoy and Juanita moved to Whidbey Island. They first lived in Greenbank, but eventually settled in Clinton, where LeRoy lived until his death.
LeRoy is survived by his daughter Becky Ward (Robert), of Clinton; three stepsons, Sidney Ruffcorn (Jennifer), of Spokane, Evett Ruffcorn (Susan), of Kenmore, and Ronald Ruffcorn (Debora), of Lynnwood; nine grandchildren, Janelle, Ryan, Andrea, Mahonia, Linnaea, Hannah, Melody, Rob and Ian, along with seven great grandchildren.
He is also survived by six brothers, Ernest, Vernon, Edward, Douglas, Richard and Walter, and four sisters, Irene, Edna, Mary and Elaine.
A graveside military service was held at Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Kennewick, Wash., on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.