Leland Leroy Groce

June 4, 1931-March 4, 2001

BOARDMAN — Leland Leroy Groce died March 4, at his home in Boardman at the age of 69.

He was born on June 4, 1931, to Leland D. and Deloris M. Peevler Groce in The Dalles, where he was raised and attended school.

He then joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean Conflict, and then served from 1961 through 1965.

Leland married Norma Stephen in October of 1956 in Stevenson, Wash., and they lived in the Heppner area where he worked as a ranch hand until the early 1970s. He later married Helen Taylor in 1973 and they lived in Eagle Creek where he worked for Leo Corrigan Logging Company driving a log truck until 1991. He then moved to Boardman where he worked at Coyote Springs Sand and Gravel until 1998 when he retired.

He was a member of the Estacada Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, country music and John Wayne movies.

He is survived by his daughters, Diana Wilson and Elizabeth Morris, both of Boardman, and Laurel Groce of Pilot Rock; sons, Larry Groce of Boardman and Stephen Groce of Los Angeles, Calif.; mother, Opal Groce of Portland; brother, Edwin Groce of Portland; sister, Jane Moore of Portland; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Thursday, March 8, at Park Lawn Cemetery in The Dalles. Inurnment followed the service.

Those who wish may make contributions in Leland’s memory to Alzheimer’s Research in care of Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, 97838. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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