Leroy Nelson Garvey Sr., 82, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Hickory Creek of Madison in Madison.
He was born June 19, 1938, in Vevay, Indiana, to Charles William and Lena Mae Gullion Garvey. He lived most of his life in the Madison community and attended school there. He was inducted into the US Army on Sept. 2, 1960, in Louisville, and rose to the rate of Specialist Four during the Vietnam War Era. He served in Germany in the light weapons infantry and was honorably discharged on Aug. 14, 1962, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, and was transferred to the Reserves where he was discharged on Sept. 1, 1966, from Fort Hamilton, New York. He married Elizabeth Ann Novak on Sept. 10, 1962, in Ashtabula, Ohio, and they had four sons and two daughters. He worked early in life with his brother as a cook at the Hinkle’s Restaurant in downtown Madison for 20 years. He also worked for the City of Madison at the Sewage Treatment Plant for 34 years before retiring. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years of Madison; his sons, Steven Garvey of Griffin, Georgia, Leroy Garvey Jr. of Chelsea, Indiana, Joseph Garvey of Marshall, Minnesota and Randolph “Randy” Garvey of Bloomington, Indiana; his daughters, Elizabeth “Sis” Garvey and Cynthia Thomas, both of Madison; and 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Leon, James, Carroll, Thomas, Richard, Johnny and Harold Wayne Garvey; his sister, Lena Mae Blizzard; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the New Life Fellowship Church in Madison. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Visitation is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 and 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church.
A final salute with military honors will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the church with full military honors to follow at the cemetery chapel by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion.
Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral home will be limited to 25 people at a time and the use of face masks and social distancing are absolutely required. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown by friends but the health and well-being of everyone in the community is of top priority so please respect the family and funeral home requirements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Creek Activities Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, remembrances, and memorials. www.morgan-nay.com.