James Wayne Leroney, known to all as Jim, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. Clair on September 7, 2019, having reached the age of seventy-nine years, five months and fifteen days. Jim was born in St. Clair, on March 22, 1940, son of Edward Lincoln Leroney and Susan Francis Leroney nee Brackett. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have two sons. On November 18, 1978, he was united in marriage to Darlene Kay Woodcock nee Perkins and their families were joined as one.
Jim is survived by his wife, Darlene Leroney of St. Clair, MO; by four sons, Brad Leroney and, Mandie, Dave Leroney and, Julie, Timothy Woodcock and wife, Shelly, and Todd Woodcock and wife, Cindi, all of St. Clair; by his son-in-law, Chris Larimore of Richwoods, MO; by ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Susan Leroney; by one daughter, Tammy Larimore, and by one brother, Edward A. Leroney.
Jim was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country in the Army National Guard for four years. During his working years, he was employed by Chrysler Daimler Corporation in Fenton, MO for a few years. He later became a member and was a retiree of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Steelworks and Machinist of American, Local 688 of St. Louis, MO. He was employed as a mechanic for Wonder Bread, retiring after thirty years of service to the company. Jim was passionate when it came to working on cars and had done a lot of car restoration, proud to own a Model A and 1967 Camaro. He was a past member of the Route 66 car club and cruising in his old cars was one of his favorite hobbies. He had lived a very active life, enjoyed boating, skiing and especially dancing. He and Darlene had enjoyed spending winters in Florida and had made many great friends there. He also had a fondness for small dogs, enjoying their companionship. In recent years he had joined the St. Clair Elk’s Lodge #2651 in St. Clair. Jim was truly a family man at heart and nothing was more important than the time he spent with his children and grandchildren.
A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
A celebration of life was held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at the St. Clair Elk’s Lodge 2651. Visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a memorial service at 7:00 PM with Brother Ron Redhage officiating followed by an Elk’s service. Memorials may be made to the St. Clair Elk’s Lodge. The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.