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Leroy Earman Whetzel, Jr.
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Obituary for Leroy Earman Whetzel, Jr.

Leroy Earman Whetzel, Jr., 64, of Harrisonburg, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born in Harrisonburg on November 1, 1953, and was a son of the late Leroy, Sr., and Greta Garbo (Caplinger) Whetzel.

Leroy was a painter and a member of Singers Glen Baptist Church, where he had served on the board of trustees. He graduated of Turner Ashby High School, class of 1971, and was active in the FFA. Leroy was a blue grass legend, and gifted in all string instruments. He had played with the East Coast Bluegrass Band, and Shenandoah River Boys.

On May 22, 2004 he was united in marriage to Carolyn Sue Holsinger Whetzel, of Harrisonburg.

Surviving in addition to his wife is his step daughter, Gina Kirkpatrick and husband Kenton, of Harrisonburg; a half-brother, Gary Caplinger and wife Helen, of Harrisonburg; three step grandchildren, Hunter Kline & wife Delaney, Kaitlyn Kline, Chandler Conley & boyfriend Ben Kunkle, three step great grandchildren, Leeum, Reagan, and VadaLynn.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin Whetzel, and a sister, Betsy DePriest.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Fellowship Mennonite Church at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 17, 2017 with Pastor Richard Early and Pastor Brad Kolb, and Lane Turner officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the youth program at Grace Mennonite Fellowship Church, 209 Lacey Spring Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.


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visitation

Thursday

16

Nov

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Service - Bridgewater Location

208 South Main Street
Bridgewater, VA 22812

memorial service

Friday

17

Nov

11:00 AM
Grace Mennonite Fellowship Church

209 Lacey Springs Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

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