Leroy W. Springer

Born: Sun., May 15, 1932
Died: Fri., May 22, 2020


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Pendleton May 15, 1932 — May 22, 2020 Leroy W. Springer, 88, of Pendleton, died Friday, May 22, 2020, at a local care facility. He was born in Hood River, Oregon, on May 15, 1932, to Elmer and Mary Springer. After completing high school in Hood River, Leroy went to college at Southern Oregon College, where he met his wife Patricia in 1952. They later moved to Eastern Oregon, where he taught and coached, first in Pilot Rock, Oregon, then at Helen McCune and the junior high in Pendleton, Oregon. He was a wonderful teacher and coach and made a big impact on the lives of his students. After retiring from teaching, Leroy became a bus driver and drove for the school district as well as driving tour buses. Leroy and Pat also loved to travel and went to many different in the U.S., as well as South America. He is survived by his sons, Michael and Kelly Springer of Pendleton, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, daughters Lesilie Sutter and Saundra Staudenmier, and son Terry Springer. There are no plans currently for a memorial. If you would like to share any sentiments or memories of Leroy, they may be sent care of Michael Springer, 819 S.W. Fifth St., Pendleton, OR 97801.

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Jodie Harnden
   Posted Fri May 22, 2020
Ah...Leroy...one of the best educators Pendleton ever had. I always appreciated his friendly smile and sense of humor. When I first started at the then-new Yellow Banana, aka Pendleton Junior High, Leroy was there. He and the other members of the "PE gang" made me feel very welcome. He was loved by students and staff alike. After he retired I continued to enjoy seeing him drive bus. Occasionally, as with everyone in Pendleton, the "See you at Safeway" was when I had a chance to connect with Leroy. I will always remember his great smile and cowboy-voice. A big thank you for sharing him with the rest of us.

Tona (Springer) Buck
   Posted Wed May 27, 2020
Mike & Kelly,
I often ask how Leroy is doing when I touch with mutual acquaintances, as it has been a few years since I stopped to see him on my way through Sherman County. Last I heard he had moved to a care facility awhile ago. I heard today that he had passed away a few days ago.
My heartfelt sympathy to you both during this time. If I can be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. My phone number is the same, or my email is attached to this message.

With love & many happy memories,
Tona

Marla Phelps Charlton
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
Mike and Kelly,

I feel fortunate to have grown up as a part of the Helen McCune Junior High staff family. Both of your parents were great friends with mine(Lyle and Beverly) and we enjoyed many staff get togethers and family outings. Leroy had a great smile and kind heart. He was an asset to the Pendleton School District for sure. My thoughts are with you on the loss of your dad.
Marla Phelps CHARLTON

Charley and Cindy Brown
   Posted Fri May 29, 2020
To the Springer family,

It was a joy to have Leroy and Pat as neighbors here on Erskine Road outside Moro here in Sherman County. They both seemed to enjoy their country home so much. We often saw them working in the garden and in the yard. With "Hotdog" the cat always hanging around! It was always fun to hear stories of their travels and life together. After Pat died, poor Leroy was so lonely, we tried to stop by to visit when picking up our mail. He proudly kept up his yard work, which was impressive physical activity for a senior gentleman.

Charley and Cindy Brown

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